For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Florida doctor, who is being sued for inappropriately touching a woman, is now being investigated by law enforcement. We applaud the brave woman who exposed her perpetrator and sought to keep him from hurting anyone else.
We are deeply disappointed that Dr. Manuel Abreu, a person entrusted by the community to heal wounds, not make them, would grossly misuse his power. The lawsuit alleges that there are multiple victims, a former employee being one of them.
We hope officials at Personal Physician Care change their tune about not being responsible for Dr. Abreu’s actions and we urge them to explain why they allegedly ignored reports of inappropriate behavior. We hope the police investigation and the bravery of Dr. Abreu’s victims will encourage others who are suffering in silence and self blame to speak up, call police, 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)