IL--Judge for protects Hastert victim’s privacy; Victims respond
For immediate release: Thursday, April 28, 2016
We applaud an Illinois judge who is protecting the privacy of a victim of Denny Hastert. If kids are to be protected from predators, we must make it easier and safer for victims to come forward at any time under any circumstances.
For decades our justice system has respected the rights of victims of adult rape to take legal action against their offenders while guarding their own confidentiality. Surely, victims of child sex crimes need and deserve the same consideration.
When proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters try to “out” their victims, it’s a mean-spirited attempt to deter other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent. It shouldn’t be permitted.
Having been victimized once by a powerful and popular coach-turned-politician and again by archaic statutes of limitations, Hastert’s victim should not be victimized a third time by Hastert, an admitted, desperate and now mean-spirited child molester.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)