Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Giving Voice to Victims
For immediate release:
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Sex Abuse Victims Urge Nuns' Group To Take Action
At Maryland News Conference, They Ask To Speak To
Sisters' National Assembly
Group Suspects Hundreds of Others Who Were Molested
Have Not Yet Come Forward
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, men and women who were
sexually abused by Catholic nuns will urge a national organization
of nuns to
- let victims speak publicly next month to a national assembly of
- work together to effectively prevent future abuse by nuns and
help those victimized by nuns to better heal.
They will then travel to the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops headquarters to hand deliver a similar letter.
Tuesday, July 13
- 2:00 p.m., outside Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
office, 8808 Cameron Street (corner of Fenton) in Silver Spring,
- 3:45 p.m., outside United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB) office, 3211 Fourth Street, N.E. in in Washington, DC
Eight victims of female and male clergy abuse who are leaders of
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the nation's
largest support group for people molested by religious figures (including
individuals from Wisconsin, Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri, Massachusetts
Victims would like to work with the LCWR to provide a clear plan
of action in preventing the abuse of children and vulnerable adults
in female religious orders and helping those who have been abused
heal. As a first step, the victims would like to speak at the nuns'
national assembly in Fort Worth, TX on August 19.
They will try to hand deliver a letter to Sister Carole Shinnick,
the LCWR Executive Director, saying it's crucial that nuns hear
directly from victims' about their experiences. Such sessions would
help victims heal, better protect children from abuse in the future,
and allow sisters the opportunity to respond in a compassionate,
Christian way when victims come forward.
SNAP believes victims of female clergy abuse may be more apt to
come forward if the topic of female abusers is thoroughly discussed
and victims allowed the chance to use their voice.
For more infomation, please contact:
Landa Mauriello-Vernon, Connecticut State Director, 203-687-8072
Steven Thiesen, Northeast Iowa Co-Leader, 319-231-1663 cell
Mary Guenter, SNAP Milwaukee Leader, 414-418-3191 cell
David Cerulli, Board Member, 917-757-1791 cell
David Clohessy, National Director, 314-566-9790 cell