The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, July 12, 2010
LA area abuse victim / advocate comments re: Polanski
Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 9434, [email protected])
The lesson here for law enforcement is clear – pursue sex offenders relentlessly and quickly, especially high profile ones with shrewd lawyers and personal wealth.
The lesson here for victims is that even if criminal prosecution isn’t successful, you can warn others and stop abuse by publicly exposing predators if you speak up.
The lesson for governmental officials is that laws and policies must be reformed so that cunning child molesters can’t easily exploit technicalities and walk free.
The lesson for those who suspect or witness child sex crimes is come forward immediately to law enforcement and don’t’ let the burden of convicting a predator fall just one victim.
We in SNAP aren’t lawyers. We can’t address whether US authorities did or should have withheld some documents from Swiss authorities. We can, however, stress that there are very likely other women who were assaulted as kids by Polanski. (Just two months ago, British actress Charlotte Lewis disclosed that Polanski tried to force himself on her just after her 16th birthday.)
And there are likely others who saw or suspected crimes or misdeeds by Polanski. All of them should call law enforcement now.
We must send a powerful signal that getting rich, making friends, fleeing justice and hiring lawyers won’t enable child predators to get by with their horrific crimes.
(NOTE - at 2:30 Central time today in Chicago, SNAP is holding a news conference outside the Swiss consulate there. For details: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected])
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests