CA -- We Said Enough allegations shake up California capitol

For immediate release Wednesday, November 29

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP ([email protected]925-708-6175)

Women in Sacramento are speaking up about sexual harassment and assault in state government, and demanding more effective ways of reporting than the old “whisper network.” 

We here at SNAP applaud the 150 lobbyists, Capitol staff members, political consultants and others who last month denounced a “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment in California politics in an open letter. We also commend the We Said Enough group and those who support them for their efforts to insure that the old “whisper network” is replaced with independent reporting channels that provide protections for the victims and consequences for the offenders.

Our experiences with the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church have shown us that bringing to light issues that have previously been swept under the carpet does wonders to help alleviate the problems. We hope that California lawmakers and the We Said Enough women will persist in their efforts to make the state capitol a safe and comfortable place for women, and men as well, to work.       

(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 25,000 members. Our website is

Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 [email protected], Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434[email protected], or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003[email protected])

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  • Sunny Sungar
    commented 2017-12-02 14:59:49 -0600
    Be very aware of any signs of fear or stress from your child. Remember people MUST appear very kind and trustworthy to gain your confidence in having access to your children. If a problem occurs, believe your child and report to the police. I wish my parents had been given this advise 60 years ago.

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