No gag orders at Penn State; SNAP says

We call on Penn State officials to disavow confidentiality or "gag" orders and to agree not to ask victims to sign them before their cases are settled. From a PR perspective, these orders may be tempting, but from a prevention perspective, these orders will only do the public a disservice.

It is important that the facts about this harrowing situation can be made public, so that people may learn where things went wrong, and what can be done to prevent such wrongdoing in the future.

Penn State officials have publicly said they want these suits to be resolved quickly. But in some ways, we hope not all of them will be.

We hope that at least one of Sandusky's victims will have the strength and courage to resist the temptation to settle and go to trial, so more about the complicity of top university staff will be uncovered.

A trial can, of course, be grueling and unpredictable. But through tough questions under oath in open court, crucial secrets can be revealed. In these secrets, the people may learn what really went on in Happy Valley and who knew what and when and which school officials acted recklessly, callously and selfishly.

Sandusky’s conviction was only the first step towards healing, both for the victims and the university. For the process to be completed, Penn State must work towards the full truth of who was involved. Anything less is half-justice, and a lesson left unlearnt.

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  • Tracy Elise
    commented 2012-06-28 18:14:00 -0500
    It is the silence of those not abused, the looking away from sordid detail that leaves space for these kind of attacks on the vulnerable to keep happening. Not everyone can be strong enough to go to trial, but I am grateful whenever anyone can go through with the whole process. Through the legal process CHANGE for the BETTER can and does happen!
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2012-06-26 11:06:06 -0500
    St, Vincent College is where the Pittsburgh Steelers have their preseason training camp. The Pittsburgh media therefore is not permitted to investigate Douglas Nowicki.
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2012-06-25 15:40:52 -0500
    God is not done with PA, just yet.

    Some very interesting articles at this site.

    I would like to talk to any survivors from western PA who may have filed a report concerning clergy sex abuse to Douglas Nowicki when he was the head of catholic schools in the Pittsburgh Diocese.

    I can be reached at 412-233-5491 or email me at [email protected].

    Mike Ference
  • Barbara Dorris
    published this page in Official SNAP Media Statements 2012-06-25 09:55:39 -0500

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