LA--Victims hope predator’s death will bring healing
For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12
We hope the death of Mack Ford will bring some measure of closure and healing to the girls’ whose lives he devastated. Though he goes to his grave having faced no consequences for his child sex crimes, Ford’s victim can take a little comfort from knowing that he can’t assault any more children.
We hope these brave women will also take pride in having publicly exposed him and in convincing a prosecutor to convene a grand jury to dig in to Ford’s awful crimes. No doubt others who were raped and sodomized as children found inspiration in their courage.
“The moral arc of the universe is long but bends towards justice,” Martin Luther King once said. In the conventional sense, these deeply wounded women found no justice in the courts. But in the court of public opinion, they clearly prevailed.
King also said “No lie lives forever.” All of us should be grateful that these strong women unveiled Mack Ford’s many lies.
We wish them continued strength in their recovery from the horrific childhood trauma Ford forced on them for his selfish pleasure.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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