Iowa AG to Gather Information on Clergy Abuse, SNAP Responds
The Iowa attorney general’s office has announced that it will be gathering information on sexual abuse by spiritual leaders and clergy in that state. This is a good first step for Iowa.
We are glad that Attorney General Tom Miller has taken this step towards getting to the bottom of clergy abuse in Iowa. At the same time, we believe that for any review or investigation to have a real “sunlight” effect that it must involve subpoena power, the ability to compel testimony under oath, and perhaps even search warrants. We are hopeful that AG Miller will find ways to utilize these tools as he seeks to get to the bottom of clergy abuse cases in Iowa.
We encourage all survivors within Iowa – as well as any survivor that now lives elsewhere but may have been abused in Iowa – to come forward today and make a report to AG Miller’s hotline by calling 855-620-7000 or by filling in this questionnaire on his website.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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