IL - Chicago archdiocese sex abuse suit; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 

Statement by Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688

We applaud Darryl McArthur for seeking justice against the Chicago archdiocese for its reckless and callous misdeeds with Fr. Daniel McCormack, a credibly accused predator priest who was promoted and kept on the job despite repeated "warning signs."

We hope Darryl's courage will inspire others who were hurt by clerics to step forward. Adults who were molested as kids have nothing to be ashamed about. We understand their fear. We understand why they often want to protect their privacy.

Still, it sends a powerful signal when victims voluntarily choose to reveal their names when they take action against those who commit and conceal hideous crimes against children. We wish more of them would do so.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,

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commented 2013-12-16 08:49:22 -0600 · Flag
The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that Reverend Michael W. O’Connell has been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. There are many wrongdoers in this world, why should we give them the publicity. The victims should be able to be able to speak out without it becoming a media frenzy.
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