For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We are encouraged that the Catholic Church in Poland is publishing procedures for child sex abuse. This is a good first step that many churches across the globe have already enacted.
The Polish church has been notorious for brushing away clergy sexual assault on children. Victims have again and again been hurt anew when they are ignored by church and secular officials and even their fellow congregants.
We hope the creation of these guidelines is just the first of many steps to make children safer and to help heal already wounded victims. A guideline without punishment for wrong doing does little to help victims and stop predators.
We encourage anyone who saw, suspects or experience abuse or cover-ups to speak up. Only when our silence is broken can justice be served.
(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 15,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)