For immediate release: Monday, June 09, 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 brave mothers and children of another Irish Catholic center for unwed mothers are calling for truth and justice. We applaud their courage and perseverance.
Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork is one of several homes across Ireland that treated the mothers that came to them and their babies with deplorable callousness. We believe that healing and reconciliation can only begin when victims come together and seek justice.
That is exactly what these protesters in Cork are doing and we praise them for demanding action and giving a voice to the innocent children who did not survive.
(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)