For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
The Irish government announced today that it would set up an independent commission to investigate all aspects of the mother and baby homes throughout the country. We are glad that action is being taken and we hope the commission is up and running and fully funded soon.
Irish mother and baby homes have recently been in the news because of startling discoveries of infant mass graves and cruel and inhuman treatment of the mothers and children. The Irish Children’s Minister, Charlie Flanagan, stated that now is the time to “shine a light” on these homes. We are glad that government officials have acted quickly to start setting up a commission of inquiry.
Learning the truth helps prevent future abuse and aids in the healing of those who suffered. We hope anyone who was affected by any of the Irish mother and baby homes will gain comfort from knowing that they no longer need to suffer in silence.
(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 18,000 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)