Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Giving Voice to Victims
For immediate release:
Friday, Dec. 24, 2004
For more information:
David Clohessy 314-566-9790
Three Sex Abuse Victims Reach $6 Million Settlement
Molested in the 70s & 80s, They Had Sued Large
Boys Were Assaulted by Separate School Employees
Support Group Wants Names of Perpetrators Made Public
Leaders of a local self-help group for clergy sex abuse victims
are applauding today the settlement of a three civil child sexual
molestation lawsuits against a religious order in California. But
they are calling upon church officials to publicly name the abusers.
Today's San Francisco Chronicle reports that three male victims
have reached an agreement with the Christian Brothers, who operate
De La Salle High School in Concord where much of the abuse took
place. But the names of the three molesters, who were employees
of the school, have not been made public.
"We hope this agreement helps these brave men achieve some
degree of healing and closure,"said David Clohessy of St. Louis.
He is the national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those
Abused by Priests, a support group. "We are grateful they found
the courage and strength to report these crimes, seek justice in
the courts, and educate others about these horrific betrayals."
Still, Clohessy said he hopes the Christian Brothers will "let
parents and the public know who these dangerous men are, so that
children can be protected." Most abusive clergy, he said, do
not end up behind bars. "So as long as a molesters walks the
streets and no one knows, kids are at risk," he said.
The lawsuits were filed in December 2003, The crimes occured in
the 1970s and 1980s, at the school and on trips away from the school.
Each of the victims were given marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms,
or quaaludes by their molesters during or before the crimes took
"We understand that during negotiations, the Christian Brothers
disclosed some long-hidden documents about these terrible crimes,"
said Clohessy. "They should be commended for so. Many victims
can't really recover and many parents can't safeguard their kids
unless the full truth about abuser and those who shielded them is
SNAP leaders are urging others who have been molested by Christian
Brothers or other area clerics to contact their self-help group,
law enforcement officials or therapists.
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