For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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)
Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of violating a clergy sex abuse victim's privacy. We hope that police and prosecutors will now work even harder to nail the correct offender.
It's crucial that sex crime victims be safe and feel safe when they do their civic and moral duty by reporting to law enforcement. Every effort must be made to ensure their privacy. And those who violate their privacy must be punished harshly and promptly so that such intimidating and insensitive actions will be deterred in the future.
(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 15,000 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)