David Clohessy has been the national director and spokesman for SNAP since 1991.
Clohessy is consistently quoted by news organizations covering the sex abuse scandal, including being on the cover of the New York Times, and he has appeared on numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Phil Donahue Show, and 60 Minutes.
David has been integral in spreading the purpose of the network and continuing to keep survivors and supporters aware of new developments. One of the other things that David Clohessy does as the spokesman is reach out to the media outlets and communicates what SNAP is trying to accomplish.
Here David is on the McGraw Show to discuss the letter he sent to Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis in which he urges him and his employees to see the film Spotlight.
"We beg Francis to stop acting like the abuse and cover-ups are over and that only healing is needed. That's disingenuous and dangerous."
At this year's annual SNAP conference, Clohessy spoke about what enable us to become “the world’s oldest and largest support and advocacy group for clergy sex abuse victims,” focusing on strategies and tactics that worked and didn’t work, and what this suggests for our collective future as we expand and continue to “protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, expose the truth and stop both child sex crimes and cover-ups.
"Real change is what your children deserve. Real change will keep them safe. Don't turn away. Don't settle for less."
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.