The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2003
Dozens More So.California Accused Abusive Priests To Be Publicly Disclosed
In Unusual Move, Victims Name Alleged Molesters on Web Site
SNAP to California Bishops, "Protect Kids, Not Abusers"
Victims of some of these priests will speak out and also urge church leaders to:
-- "Come clean" now and release the names of all known and suspected abusive priests immediately, before the December 31st statute of limitations deadline for victims of abuse to file lawsuits.
-- Include those from other dioceses who are accused and worked here temporarily.
The groups goal is to warn parents and prospective employers about these men and their past criminal behavior, so that kids can be safe. The St. Louis chapter of SNAP recently took a similar step, posting the names of nearly 30 clergy who had molested kids (SEE SNAPmidwest.org)
The group will also quote from the Dallas Charter, enacted by all American Catholic bishops in June 2002, which promises "openness and transparency" regarding abuse.
Mary Grant, SNAPs Western Regional Director (626) 419-2930 cell
Steven Sanchez, SNAPs Los Angeles Director (818) 262-6540 cell
David Clohessy, SNAPs Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests