For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A convicted sex offender who lived in Vermont and Alabama has won a court ruling in New York that means he won't have to submit to a test to determine whether he's attracted to underage girls.
Everyone, even pedophiles, deserves his humanity. But the humanity of a predator doesn't trump the humanity of innocent kids.
Those who oppose this test should propose alternative ways to protect kids from predators. One in four girls and one in eight boys will be sexually assaulted. Given these horrific numbers, and the devastating life-long effects of childhood sexual abuse, something must change. We as a society must re-examine some of our archaic notions if we are to do more to safeguard the vulnerable.
This test may seem invasive to adults. But raping and sodomizing children is indeed far more invasive, and far more hurtful.