For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A high court in Ireland has ordered that a Christian Brothers congregation pay the highest settlement to a child sexual abuse victim in Irish history.
We are so glad that the Christian Brothers congregation is being held accountable for their egregious disregard for the safety of a vulnerable boy. And we hope this ruling will help this brave victim start repairing his life.
The judge ruled that the congregation took no steps what so ever to monitor the behavior of their cleric, who had been accused of abusing boys previously. This negligence lead to what the judge said was “among the most extreme (abuse he had seen) in his legal career and had caused severe injury affecting the man throughout his life”.
We hope that the survivor can move forward with healing and that anyone else who suffered, witnessed, or suspects abuse will take courage and report crimes to law enforcement.
(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)