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Three common strategies sexual offenders use to discredit child witnesses

By Boz Tchividjian

August 22, 2014

A Texas high school student named Greg Kelley was recently convicted of sexually victimizing a four year old boy.  Despite the jury verdict, a small vocal group of supporters have been working hard to convince the public that this sexual offender is innocent..   Marginalizing the powerful voice of the child victim is often at the heart of this disturbing and all too common objective.   In my years as a child sexual abuse prosecutor, I discovered that offenders and their supporters use three common strategies to try and convince others to embrace their distorted definition of innocence: 

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Media Statements

MI- Archdiocese finds priest guilty of negligence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Michigan priest has been found to have been negligent when he did not report a child sex crime to police. We are glad the archdiocese found him guilty, but believe they should do more to reprimand the priest and take additional measures to ensure it does not happen again. 

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NC- Pastor sent to prison; SNAP responds

For immediate release Friday, August 29, 2014

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

On Thursday a former youth pastor for the Kings Way Baptist Church, Bobby Price, entered an Alford Plea, where defendants plead guilty to the charges without actually admitting guilt. He was sentenced to sixteen months in prison.

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MO- KC clergy case to move forward

For immediate release: Friday, August 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Kansas City Catholic Bishop Robert Finn has lost his bid to have a clergy sex abuse lawsuit tossed out and the case is headed for trial next month. We are grateful that this brave, wounded victim, who was assaulted by two priests, will soon have his day in court.

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NY- Victims’ lawyer file to reinstate lawsuit, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A New York lawyer for dozens of child sexual abuse victims is appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit. The suit claims that a Jewish school covered up decades of child sexual abuse and was thrown out due to statute of limitations.

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