For immediate release: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
We applaud the brave victim and his mother, who spoke out publically for the first time today. It takes great courage for victims to speak up about their abuse.
Fr. Tom Stitts abused the victim in 1971and when the victim's mother called the archdiocese's chancery to report it, she was turned away. Now after 40 years of silence, the victim and his mother are speaking out.
We hope anyone who is suffering in silence and self blame will take courage from this victim’s bravery and report their abuse. Children are safer when those who saw, suspect or suffered child sex crimes speak up.
(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)
A toast to you and your bravery, kind people.