PA--Molesting minister is arrested; Now, investigate his colleagues

PA--Molesting minister is arrested; Now, investigate his colleagues

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are thrilled that Rev. Jacob Malone has been arrested but we hope law enforcement officials will investigate and perhaps charge others at his churches – in Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Arizona - who may have ignored or concealed his child sex crimes.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pastor-Jacob-Malone-Return-Teen-Sex-Assault-Charges-365732351.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_PHBrand

Very often, such investigations turn up evidence that fellow church employees or members knew of or suspected child sex crimes but kept silent. We hope that’s not the case here. But it’s important that such investigations happen. That’s the best way to deter current and future cover ups in other churches.

We hope every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Malone or cover ups by his colleagues will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.comSNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

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