For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We commend the Ceres police for their quick and decisive action in the recently revealed case of a local youth minister who was found to have child pornography on his computer.
We call on all organizations to take quick and decisive action when any type of probable negative sexual behavior is discovered, by notifying the police at once. Only when they do this, and establish a pattern of consistent action on behalf of all children and victims, will more victims feel free to come forward, and help eradicate this national shame.
This is not a small problem, nor a local problem. There are thousands of cases throughout the country, and tens of thousands of victims that are too ashamed or fearful to come forth. It’s only when all organizations take the responsibility to follow through and report all behaviors that have, and continue, to harm our children will we be fulfilling our obligations to our children and our society.
(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 15,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com)