IL--Pro-Hastert letters will be disclosed; Victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, April 15, 2016
We are grateful that a judge insists that letters backing Denny Hastert be made public. Sunshine is the antidote to secrecy, especially when powerful adults commit or conceal heinous child sex crimes.
We hope this move will deter some who might be ashamed to publicly advocate for predators. Well-meaning adults should think long and hard before seeking leniency for child molesters.
It’s still not too late for others who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Hastert or cover ups by his supervisors, colleagues, family or friends to speak up. He’ll be sentenced April 27. It’s important that the judge knows as much as he can about Hastert’s wrongdoing when he makes his decision.
And we beg every person with information or suspicions about child sexual abuse to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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)
SNAP Conference Postponed to September
As cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, affect the way we work and play, and force changes to our daily lives, we have decided to postpone the SNAP Annual Conference from July until September. We are now planning to hold the conference from September 25 - 27 and it will still be held in Denver, CO.
In order to help make this change easier, we will be charging only $99 for registration from now through June 30. Stay tuned for updates and register today on our conference page.SNAP Conference Postponed to September