SNAP Urges MI Lawmakers to Reconsider Funding Decision
According to reports, Michigan's GOP lawmakers are cutting $4-$5 million from the attorney general's budget while her office is investigating clerics who commit and conceal crimes against children. We hope this decision will be reversed. Partisan politics should not impede efforts to protect children.
Informed communities are safer communities, and investigations by secular authorities are critical towards the kind of transparency that keeps kids safe. This is one reason why AG Dana Nessel's probe is so crucial.
Another reason is because many of the priests, monks, nuns, brothers, seminarians and bishops who ignored or hid child sex crimes - and some of those who perpetrated those crimes - are still on the job or around kids and unsuspecting employers, neighbors and families.
We applaud the hard-working staff of the AG's office, many of whom have volunteered their time and expertise on this critical effort, and we urge victims, witnesses and whistleblowers in Michigan to come forward with what they know and help this investigation along. And we beg Michigan legislators to side with the vulnerable over the powerful and to reconsider this funding decision that will only impede an investigation that is already putting up results.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(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)