Media Statements and Events

USA--Victims say USA Gymnastics are “behaving like bishops”

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

It's dreadfully disheartening that USA Gymnastics officials are following the callous course of Catholic officials in child sex abuse and cover up cases. We’re especially upset that these athletic officials are fighting 

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2016/12/15/20-year-toll-368-gymnasts-allege-sexual-exploitation/95198724/

We applaud the IndyStar's thorough and troubling investigation that shows 368 youngsters have reported abuse in gymnastics. At the same time, however, we quibble with how it depicts decision-making by gymnastic officials. Those officials "failed to alert" police and "failed to warn future employers" about predators, IndyStar reporters wrote. We disagree. 

Failure is when one misdials trying to reach 911. Failure is when one swings at a baseball and misses. That’s not what’s happening here. These are cold-hearted choices, made day after day after day, by adults who claim to care about kids. These are deliberately selfish decisions to put one’s careers, coffers and comfort ahead of the safety of innocent and vulnerable youngsters. 

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OH--Abuse victims blast OH court ruling & appeal to lawmakers

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re very disappointed that Ohio’s Supreme Court arbitrarily insists that damage caps apply even in horrific cases of child sexual abuse by clergy. Had the court sided with innocent kids and wounded victims, instead of with powerful employers, Ohio kids would be safer today. Instead, those kids are more vulnerable because those who ignore or hide child sex crimes have essentially gotten a reprieve from the state’s highest court.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201612150014

Severe wrongdoing stops when wrongdoers are severely punished. But this ruling does just the opposite – it enshrines a clear, low ‘cap’ that will do little to prod wrongdoers to stop doing wrong. 

 

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