Media Statements and Events

Argentina – SNAP applauds formation of new survivors’ group

Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)

We are always proud and excited when victims take the initiative to organize themselves to speak out against clergy sexual abuse. SurvivorJulieta Añazco has done just that in Argentina. I had the privilege of meeting Julieta when she attended a SNAP conference in the United States a few years ago.

Julieta’s new group, Red de Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual Eclesiástico (Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Sexual Abuse), had its first national meeting recently in Paraná. The group is comprised of survivors, family members, psychologists, lawyers, and also former priests. 

https://www.pagina12.com.ar/106665-contra-los-abusadores-con-sotana 

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PA -- Catholic Diocese of Erie releases names of accused priests, laypeople; victims group responds

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

We are always grateful when a diocese releases the names of accused priests. We are doubly grateful in this case, since Bishop Lawrence Persico has also released the names of accused laypeople, which we believe is a first.

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180406/erie-bishop-disclosures-part-of-search-for-truth 

However, we must be blunt: Bishop Persico has been in charge of the Erie Diocese since 2012. We find it hard to believe that this is not a public relations move in response to the imminent release of the grand jury investigation into how Erie and five other Catholic dioceses handled allegations of sexual abuse. If Bishop Persico had truly cared about helping victims, he would have released the names years ago. 

http://www.eriercd.org/nb_cv.htm

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180406/erie-bishop-disclosures-part-of-search-for-truth

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