For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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)
We're glad McKelvey is going to prison. Now the focus shifts to his church colleagues. They must take aggressive steps to find and help others who may have been hurt by this predator. And they must turn over to law enforcement the names of any current or former church staff or members who may have seen or suspected or concealed McKelvey's crimes.
It's irresponsible for church officials to give a minister access to kids and then do little or nothing when he's caught violating youngsters. They must taken proven and public steps to seek out others who may be struggling in shame, silence and self blame.
(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)