WHAT: Handing out leaflets at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will
— call attention to #AllSurvivorsDay,
— hand out informational flyers on the 3 year #WindowToJustice signed into law in California last month, and
— provide resources for victims to get help while coming forward and seeking justice through the courts.
WHEN: Sunday, November 3rd at 12:00 PM.
WHERE: On the sidewalk by Lake Merritt, on Harrison Street in Oakland, directly across the street from the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the Light(2121 Harrison Street).
WHO: San Francisco SNAP Leader & Survivor Support Coordinator Melanie Sakoda will be organizing these events. She can be reached at 925-708-6175 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
WHY: November 3rd is #AllSurvivorsDay, an international day of recognition for all those who are victims of sexual violence, whether it occurred at home, in schools, in faith communities, in the military, on college campuses and sports teams. On this day the participating groups — which includes SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — hope to bring survivor stories into the light, raise awareness of the widespread nature of sexual violence, and organize for change in a culture that allows sexual abuse to continue unabated.
Three representatives from SNAP, including two who have successfully navigated lawsuits against the Catholic Church, will hand out informational leaflets on the upcoming three year civil window, which allows ALL survivors of child sexual abuse committed in the state of California an opportunity to sue their abuser, as well as the institution that protected him or her.
The flyers will also provide resources for victims who are considering coming forward, as well as suggestions for places to go for support during the process.