OH- "Why so long to arrest minister"? victims ask
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 4, 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 applaud the brave girl who reported being abused by Rev. Paul Endrei of Church on the Rise in Westlake. But we're troubled that it took almost a year for law enforcement officials to arrest the accused clergyman.
We know child sex cases can be tough and that cases against popular or powerful figures even tougher. But we hope police and prosecutors will explain to parents and the public why it took so long to file charges. And we hope that over those 11 months that Rev. Endrei did not hurt any more kids.
Finally, we beg current and former members of Church on the Rise to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the clergyman's crimes and prod them to call police too.
(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 18,000 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)