WA—Survivors group deliver letter to Seattle City Council
Mayor accused of child sexual abuse by four men
Recently uncovered documents reveal Oregon's Child Protective Services found Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son
Four Mayoral candidates, one Council Member and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission have since called for the Mayor to resign
Victims believe it is important that the City Council hear their voices on this issue as well
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will:
-explain their position on the proposed resignation of Seattle’s Mayor, and
- hand out copies of the letter they will be delivering to the City Council
They will then proceed up to the council chamber on the 2nd floor of City Hall to:
- hand deliver a copy of the letter to the full Council, and
- if permitted, briefly address the group on this issue.
Monday, July 31 at 1:00 PM, before the 2:00 PM Council meeting
Outside of City Hall, 601 5th Avenue (cross street Cherry) in downtown Seattle
4-5 people who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network, the nation's largest support group for adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was accused of child sexual abuse by his former foster son, Jeff Simpson, and three other men. Murray denies the allegations, but suspended his re-election campaign in the wake of the charges. The mayor’s term of office ends in December.
On July 16th, the Seattle Times published documents showing that a 1984 investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services found that Murray had sexually abused his foster son, and that the mayor should not be certified as a foster parent in the future.
In light of this information, City Councilmember M. Lorena González asked Murray to consider stepping down.
The following day former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and fellow Mayoral candidates Cary Moon, Jessyn Farrell and Nikkita Oliver called on Murray to resign.
A week later, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission asked the mayor to resign.
Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believe that it is important for members of the City Council to hear from them as well on the issue of resignation. They plan to deliver a letter to the City Council outlining their position on the Mayor’s resignation, and the reasons behind it. Copies of SNAP’s letter will be available at the event.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org) Contact:
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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