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)