For immediate release: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A California priest has been removed from his position following allegations of sexual abuse with at least one teenager. We are grateful to the brave individual who spoke up and reported to law enforcement. Children are safer when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers speak up and report crimes.
Fr. Robert E. Gamel was a priest at St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos since 2009. According to officials at the Diocese of Fresno Gamel has been removed to an undisclosed location away from kids. We are glad he has been removed, but urge Catholic officials to be open and transparent about what they know and when they knew it.
We hope anyone who saw, suspects or suffered child sex crimes will find the courage to speak up, report to law enforcement, and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)