Chile- three clergy abuse victims sue Santiago bishop
For immediate release: September 3, 2013
Statement by 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)
We applaud these brave men who have had the persistence and strength to seek justice and protect others from harm.
Now more than ever we encourage anyone who has been hurt by Father Fernando Karadima to come forward and begin to heal. We beg anyone who has seen or suspected misdeeds by Karadima report the information to law enforcement officials.
These survivors are seeking to have the truth exposed so that they can protect other children. Karadima is no longer active, however, those who enabled him are. By exposing how much they knew and how little they did to protect these survivors, the parishioners and public will know how church officials refused to protect children.
Karadima was found guilty of sexually abusing minors in February 2011.
Church officials were warned as early as 1984 about Karadima’s “improper conduct.” Church officials were warned again in 2003 but it was not until 2004 that the first investigation was opened. Two years later the investigator stated to Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuiriz Ossa he believed the allegations were credible. The Cardinal stopped the investigation for more than three years to wait for new evidence.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (email@example.com, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (email@example.com, 925-708-6175)
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