For immediate release, February 1, 2016
We are proud of the brave men and women who came forward to expose their abuse and hold the Diocese of Honolulu accountable. In the next few weeks—when previously secret documents are made public and we learn more about the scope and scale of the crimes—these survivors will also receive the justice and vindication they deserve.
These victims are no longer forced to suffer in shame and silence. By coming forward, they are a source of pride for their families. They stood up, stopped the cycle of abuse, ensured keiki safety, and held wrongdoers accountable to the law.
There is still time for the child victims of Hawai’i to come forward and seek justice. No victim of child sex crimes should ever be denied the opportunity to use the court system for justice.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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 )