FL--Victims urge others hurt by doctor to come forward
For immediate release: Thursday, March 19
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
A Delray Beach doctor who faces both criminal and civil cases accusing him of molesting patients also worked in the Tampa/St. Pete area.
At least seven women, including three in Largo, say that Dr. Manuel Abreu sexually violated them. We applaud the courage of these women. Their speaking out will spare others the trauma that they endured.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Abreu will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.
This is no time for complacency. Abreu likely has smart defense lawyers who will try to exploit every legal technicality possible. So it’s crucial that others with information or suspicions about his crimes speak up now.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)