The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Open letter to concerned PA citizens & Catholics
We're grateful that so many of you are speaking up, sharing your outrage and seeking guidance. Together, despite the horrific findings of the Philly grand jury, there are practical, proven steps we can take to better protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
Here are some of our suggestions.
--Please send this letter to everyone you know.
--No matter how discouraged you become, please never give up. We in SNAP won't, because kids need us. Kids need you too.
--Do NOT write church officials. At best, it's a waste of time. At worst, information you provide might be used against you or others.
--Do help keep this issue in the public eye, by writing letters to the editor, submitting on line comments, calling in on talk radio shows. Child molesting clerics and their corrupt church supervisors get by with committing and concealing child sex crimes because other adults are silent. Please, do not stay silent!
--Consider the advice here if you may write a letter to the editor. http://www.snapnetwork.org/letters_editor/guidelines1.htm
--When making on line comments, please urge victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to contact police, prosecutors, therapists, self-help groups like ours - in other words, trusted and independent sources of help.
--Please send the one-page summary of the grand jury's findings (below) to everyone you know.
--Please send this more detailed list of "How you can help" to everyone you know.http://www.snapnetwork.org/links_homepage/wanna_make_difference.htm
--Please consider making a donation to SNAP online at SNAPnetwork.org or to SNAP, P O Box 6416, Chicago, IL 60680.
Thank you! Again, together, we can make a difference!
SUMMARY OF PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY REPORT 2/11
After a detailed two year investigation, here's what impartial grand jurors found.
The archdiocesan abuse system
The "predatory priests still in ministry" (the jury's words)
The so-called "victims assistance coordinators"
Msgr. William Lynn (for years, until 2004, a high ranking chancery staffer)
(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 22 years and have more than 10,000 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 Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests