ATSA posts Sample Letters to the Editor regarding the Sandusky sentencing!

02 Oct 2012 2:06 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
Dear Colleagues

On October 9th, the sentencing trial for Jerry Sandusky is about to begin. One of the victims of the Penn State tragedy has agreed to testify so it is likely to be all over the media again.  And then when the trial is over, it will no longer be a media story and will cease to exist in the public eye.  


But for those of us who care deeply about stopping sexual abuse, this case has brought focus and insight into this difficult topic in new ways.  Although much of the case has focused on what people did do and didn't do to protect these innocent children, we now have an opportunity to move the discussion towards prevention.  I believe it is incumbent upon us to learn from this case and others to prevent sexual abuse in communities and families across the country and around the world.  


The Prevention Committee of ATSA has developed three letters to the editor for you to use as you would like.  We are asking anyone who is interested to  please take just a few minutes to contact your local paper or radio or TV station.  They will be looking for new angles to this story, so they will welcome your offer to send in a short letter to the editor/opinion piece.  It is incredibly easy to do and if you live in a more rural area, your letter is likely to be printed!  To make your part of the job easier, the ATSA Prevention Committee has drafted three different letters to the editor on the
ATSA Website.  Choose one letter to edit and submit.  It really is that easy.  We did this once before and many people were able to get their letters into the public eye and one of our colleagues was given an award for her work!  

So please contact your paper or local radio/TV station.  Please reach out into the community while people are still willing to consider what they can do to prevent child sexual abuse.    


All of us will be safer because of your commitment and involvement.  Thank you!


Warmly


Joan Tabachnick


Co-Chair of ATSA's Prevention Committee

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