PA--SNAP responds Erie Priest being charge for child abuse.
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 8th
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, hm: 636-433-2511, cell: 314-974-5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Thanks to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for taking action to expose the truth and protect kids today.
Priest accused of abusing 2 boys, making 1 confess afterward
The survivors of the SNAP network are thankful for the PA Grand Jury investigation of the Erie Diocese.
Church officials had received complaints about what they say were Fr David Poulson’s “sexual predator tendencies” as far back as 2010 and they did not report it to police. They knew, yet the accused priest remained in ministry. So much for zero tolerance. How many more kids were put in harm’s way because of this reckless inaction. It is time for church officials to be held accountable for enabling and covering up these crimes.
It is heart wrenching to learn that a young boy was made to go to confession. The guilt did not belong to the boy, it belonged to the priest.
Hopefully any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Poulson or any other Erie Diocese personnel, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
(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 isSNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, cell 314-974-5003, firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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