PA- NCAA officials to reduce penalties against Penn State, SNAP responds

PA- NCAA officials to reduce penalties against Penn State, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

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

It feels premature and insensitive for NCAA officials to reduce penalties against Penn State at this point. If they've made real progress towards becoming a safer place for kids, that's great.

But harsh penalties deter wrongdoing. Lighter consequences may or may not deter wrongdoing. So why not err on the side of safety and children, rather than the side of complacency and adults?

(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 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.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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