For immediate release: July 11, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A victim of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield as well as against Bishop McDonnell and a former pastor for allowing abuse by Fr. Paul Archambault to occur for years.
It takes courage for victims to stand up to their abusers and we commend this brave man for coming forward, seeking justice and protecting others.
We hope that other potential victims and witnesses will be inspired by this man’s courage and come forward as well. When victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance for prevention, healing and justice.