Notorious predator priest released from prison

Notorious predator priest released from prison

For immediate release, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Statement by Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

A notorious predator, Fr. Paul Shanley, will be released from prison later this week after serving twelve years behind bars for raping a child.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/25/paul-shanley-notorious-priest-catholic-church-sex-abuse-scandal-released-this-week/pyFwRtDom656Y5ELicdAuI/story.html  

While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released. 

Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.

The Catholic Church has many treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy with sexual issues. We hope that they will insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contacts - Melanie Jula (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,jcasteix@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

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  • commented 2017-07-25 16:14:02 -0500
    Vile, cruel child rapist Shanley must be put away where he never sees another child. Lock him up!