Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

PA--Survivors Respond: Grand Jury reports to be released

For immediate release: Monday, June 11, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

The protection of children is always the right thing to do, thus it is a positive step that the PA Grand Jury reports will be made public so that those who enabled and covered up sex crimes can be exposed and held accountable.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/11/pennsylvania-catholic-church-abuse-allegations-report 

Hopefully these expansive Pennsylvania Grand Jury reports will motivate Attorney Generals in other states to do the same kind of investigations. The corrupt system of enabling and covering up child sex crimes within the Catholic church is the same in every diocese in the United States of America and its territories (e.g. Guam).
https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/05/22/third-abuse-lawsuit-filed-against-father-adrian-cristobal/631667002/


LA--Victims again call on Diocese of Lafayette to release the names of known abusers

For immediate release June 4, 2018

Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network, 925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

At a press conference earlier today Bishop Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette was asked if he would be identifying the priests known to have abused children within his diocese in the past. In response the bishop said that “… no priest who has been credibly accused is practicing in the Diocese of Lafayette, or is practicing anywhere else."

http://www.katc.com/story/38343523/bishop-we-are-dedicated-to-safe-environment-for-all-children

With all due respect, whether or not a known abuser is still an active priest is hardly the only public safety concern. While these men may no longer be priests, they may still be working in fields that give them access to the vulnerable. The Church should be concerned about the safety of all children, not just Catholic youth. Knowing the names and whereabouts of these men will allow all parents to better protect their children.


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