NY - Victims blast NY Catholic officials & school
For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 23, 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)
Shame on every single employee of St. Francis Prep School and the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. They’re using junk yard dog lawyers to force a child sex abuse victim to publicly reveal her identity.
For decades, Catholic officials have deliberately used inexcusable and mean-spirited tactics to intimidate victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. But there’s no more inexcusable and mean-spirited tactic than this one – insisting that a victim of a heinous, invasive and devastating child sex crime disclose her name.
Shame on every Catholic official involved. Every single church or school employee who doesn’t publicly denounce this viciousness basically condones it and should be ashamed of himself or herself.
We admire Felicia Mooradian and two others – Mark Evangelista and Elizabeth Cucinotta Sorvillo - who are bravely exposing clergy sex crimes and cover ups. We commend them for their courage. We are glad they realize that they have nothing to be ashamed of and have done nothing wrong. The shame here, and there’s plenty of it, belongs to current and former St. Francis Prep School employees who saw, suspected or knew about Br. Ben O’Reilly’s crimes and ignored or conceal them and who keep quiet about this stunningly callous and hurtful legal assault on the privacy of a child sex crime victim.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (email@example.com, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (email@example.com, 925-708-6175)
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