For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, email@example.com)
We are glad that a former Catholic priest has lost his bid to have his sentence overturned.
For the sake of his victims, we hope that Shawn Ratigan refrains from more far-fetched legal maneuvers. We also hope that Kansas City Catholic officials are not paying for his lawyers.
Now, it's clearer than ever that Ratigan will remain locked up for a long, long time. We hope this assurance helps enable others who saw, suspected or suffered his heinous crimes to come forward and get help. Struggling in silence is unhealthy. Sharing one's burden is the first step towards recovery.
(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)