Saturday, April 29, 2017
PRESS STATEMENT FROM JOSEPH A. SANTOS RE HOPE AND HEALING GUAM
JOSEPH A. SANTOS
P.O. BOX 520362, TINIAN, MP 96952
As the founder of “Silent No More!”, I was honored to have been approached to be a member of “Hope and Healing Guam”. Someone had asked me in September 2016, where I thought “Silent No More” was heading once the governor signed the bill. I made the comment that I envisioned my movement to be involved in some form of counseling or other support for the victims of child sex abuse. At that point though I had no clue how to go about doing that as I personally do not have that skill set. However, I felt that “Silent No More” had not yet completed its mission of being a victim centered movement. As such, when I had the sign removed off my truck I felt a need to do more.
Hope and Healing Guam is exactly what I wanted “Silent No More” to be. Mr. Caspino even used some of my words, albeit unknowingly, when he talked of HHG being “victim centered”. So, when I received the call it felt like the Holy Spirit had guided someone’s hand in my direction. I certainly sympathize with the number of victims / survivors who have stepped forward so far. However, with the five people that personally approached me about their ordeal only two have stepped out into the open. Maybe Hope and Healing Guam will be the answer to the three who are reluctant to openly discuss their abuse. I would venture to say that there are many more, who do not want to go public and Hope and Healing Guam is here for them.
I pray that we can resolve the immediate concern of the clergy abuse soon. But at a later date maybe Hope and Healing Guam can be the help for the hundreds of female child sex abuse victims we have on our island who do not have anyone for them to turn to. If we can, then “Silent No More” can finally say “mission accomplished”.
I am proud to be member of Hope and Healing Guam and look forward to working with all involved.
JOSEPH A. SANTOS