MI- Ex-teacher faces additional charges of child sexual abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, July 03, 2014
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 former Michigan teacher has been charged with four more child sexual abuse offenses. We hope these additional charges give courage to anyone else who might be suffering in silence and self-blame.
Kathryn Ronk was first charged last week with child sexual abuse. She allegedly began sexually abusing one of her teenage students last year. We hope this case sheds light on the fact that child sexual abuse is a problem effecting both men and women. Child sex crimes by women are just as hurtful as crimes committed by men. It is often harder for people abused by women to speak up.
We urge Bishop Foley High School officials (where Ronk worked and where the abuse allegedly occurred) to immediately reach out to any other potential victims. They should follow the lead of North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and send letters home to every family, urging anyone with any information to come forward and report to the police.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)