SNAP Media Events
Why is it important that predator priests’ names are exposed?
First, because it’s the quickest, easiest, cheapest and most effective way to protect kids now. If a chemical company CEO knows of 20 or 30 places in a city where toxic chemicals have been dumped, her first duty is to warn the public. (Then, she must of course fence in the properties, put up ‘DANGER’ signs and take other remedial steps.)
Since bishops recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained, transferred and shielded these predators – often until criminal statutes of limitations expired so prosecution wasn’t possible – the LEAST bishops can do is make it easier for police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public to learn who these predators are so they can keep their loved ones away from them.
Second, because it helps heal the wounded. Somewhere, there’s an elderly Catholic mom on her knees praying “God forgive me for being a bad parent. Sally has an eating disorder and Bill is an alcoholic. I’ve obviously done something wrong.” When she sees Fr. John Smith exposed as a predator, she calls her kids and they acknowledge “Yes, he molested me,” and the whole family begins to stop blaming themselves and start their recovery. (“The truth,” the Bible says, “shall set us free.”)
In 10 cities in the US this weekend (Sat. Feb. 27 & Sunday, Feb. 28), survivors and advocates will hand out this leaflet to mass-goers.
Please help protect kids!
Tell your bishop to post predators’ names
WHO WE ARE
We are concerned Catholics, clergy sex abuse victims and their loved ones. We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 26
For more info: David Clohessy 314 645 5915 home, 314 566 9790 cell, email@example.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org
Victims demand perp priest lists
Last year, 6 Catholic institutions in Minnesota did this
Last month, Seattle archbishop released 77 predators’ names
Another may do so next month; 30 bishops have taken this step
SNAP: “But at least 2,800 accused priests’ names remain hidden”
Group says some still are still near kids now as teachers, therapists, etc.
“Spotlight is still needed until church officials ‘come clean,’” victims feel
Doctor sued for sexual battery
It’s the second lawsuit filed vs. him
Group believes others are “still suffering”
It urges “anyone with information” to call police
SNAP: “Prosecutors and Health Dept. must take action”
Clinic knew of his misdeeds but kept him working, suit says
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims will
--disclose that a local doctor is being sued, for the second time, for sexual battery,
--blast his colleagues for “doing little or nothing” to stop his “hurtful crimes,”
--push law enforcement and Health Department officials to “take action now,” and
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement and file formal complaints with the state health department
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.