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.
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)