For immediate release: Saturday, March 1, 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 second teacher at a Catholic high school is suing because he says he was fired for reporting suspected child sex crimes.
We are grateful to both ex-teachers at Hales Franciscan High School for having the courage to speak out and the wisdom to seek justice. All too often, for decades, Catholic whistleblowers who were mistreated for acting responsibly have quietly moved on instead of taking legal action to expose and deter wrongdoers.
Kids are safest when those who commit and conceal child sex crimes are jailed. But it's also very helpful when those who commit and conceal and child sex crimes are exposed. That's what civil litigation does – it shows parents, parishioners and the public exactly who acted recklessly, callously, deceitully and selfishly, by protecting predators instead of kids. So we applaud these teachers for fighting for their own rights and reputations while at the same time shining a light on the continuing abuse and cover up crisis in Catholic institutions.
(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)