For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Two of three child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against the San Bernardino Diocese have been settled for $3.8 million. The third case is still going through the trial process.
The cases are against Fr. Alejandro “Alex” Castillo, who has several abuse allegations against him. A veteran clergy sex abuse attorney says that diocesan officials "actively worked with Father Castillo to silence the victims."
We are grateful for the brave victims, whistleblowers, and law enforcement personal who worked to expose these allegations and to hold those responsible accountable. We believe others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Castillo's crimes are still struggling in silence. We beg them to find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids 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 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 )