NY- Charges dropped vs. clergy sex whistleblower; SNAP responds

NY- Charges dropped vs. clergy sex whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 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)

We are thrilled but not surprised at a Brooklyn prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a whistleblower in a clergy sex abuse case.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/08/nyregion/prosecutors-expected-to-dismiss-charges-against-whistle-blower-in-sex-abuse-case.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0013.pdf

Sam Kellner is a hero, not a crook. He deserves praise, not persecution. Every New York parent should be grateful for his courage and his compassion. And Charles J. Hynes and his staff should be ashamed of themselves. 

Hundreds of thousands of kids are molested every year because thousands of otherwise-decent but timid adults take the path of least resistance and do nothing when they suspect or learn about child sex crimes. The few who are brave enough to speak up should be rewarded, not attacked.

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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  • commented 2016-03-20 13:13:10 -0500
    SAME HAPPENED TO ME NY HAD ME ARRESTED AND HAD TO OBTAIN LAWYER—-CIVIL LIBERTY UNION WAS TO GET INVOLVED -THEN THEY DROPED BOGAS CHARGE OF A TERRORIST THREAT—-THE ALBANY NY CRIMINAL CATHOLIC DIOCESES IS A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC BUT THEY TURN A BLIND EYE TO THEM——WHEN WILL WE SEE JUSTICE NOW THAT SENATOR SKELOS IS HEADING TO PRISON—-HE BLOCKED HIS MEMBERS FOR 5YR NOT TO VOTE ON CHILD VICTIMS ACT NY ARCH DIOCESES IS SO AFRAID OF THIS LAW THAT THEY ARE SPENDING MILLIONS EACH YR SO LAW FAILS
  • commented 2014-03-09 07:35:30 -0500
    THE ALBANY NY CATHOLIC DIOCESES IS CRIMINALTHEY HAVE BEEN COVERING UP SEX RINGS AND MIND BLOWING RAPES OF SO MANY CHILDREN THAT WERE RAPED BY 3 RAPIST WE HAD IN OUR SCHOOL AT ONCE AT SAINT TERESA OF AVILA UNDER CRIMINAL BISHOP HUBBARDGOOGLE -AGONY IN ALBANYSTART ON PAGE 6 TO SEE WHAT BISHOP HUBBARD GOT AWAY WITH SINCE 1977,WHEN HE STARTED IN ALBANY
  • commented 2014-03-07 13:43:21 -0600
    I think my prayer, should also say: Please HELP US make an end to the child sexual abuse that occurs in any religious institution, wherever it occurs.
  • commented 2014-03-07 13:01:55 -0600
    Oh, my God. Lord, have MERCY on all the victims, the whistle-blowers and the “foot-soldiers” in this war. Please acknowledge the incredible suffering and misery endured, and the horrible deaths caused. We have all suffered too much, for much too long. Please HELP US make an end to the abuse. Give us new found strength to effect an end to this ongoing scandal, in the catholic church; help us to make this end more completely and sooner than has occurred to date. I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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