OH--SNAP responds to accused Columbus priest removed for sex abuse
For immediate release: June 25, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
We commend the brave victim for coming forward and reporting the accusation of abuse by Father Pierre Albalaa, an allegation that the church found credible.
The courage of the survivors telling their story provides hope for healing and protecting children today.
Did Bishop Frederick F. Campbell and/or the Maronite order report this credible allegation to law enforcement? Church officials wrongly tell us that incidents such as this case can be reported to Diocesan officials or authorities. All incidents of child sex abuse must be reported to the police. The church officials are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes. We have seen a history of church authorities covering up clergy who abuse children. If you have been abused, or have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, please report to law enforcement.
We also urge Bishop Campbell to reach out to Sacred Heart parish and to anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed at where Albalaa was located.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.com)