Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Giving Voice to Victims
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR JUNE 16:
Sex Abuse Victims Urge Bishops To Keep National
They Want Stronger, Not Weaker, Molestation Guidelines
Group Will Tear Up Copies of "Watered Down" Dallas Charter
SNAP Believes Top Catholic Clerics Are "Backsliding"
As America's Catholic bishops begin to meet, clergy molestation victims
will hold a sidewalk news conference urging church officials to toughen,
not weaken, their national sex abuse guidelines and blast them for backpedaling
on their promises
TODAY, Thursday, June 16, 2:30 p.m
On the bridge across from the Fairmont Hotel, (200 North Columbus) in
downtown Chicago (where 300 American Catholic bishops are staying and
meeting this week)
Three or four clergy sex abuse victims who are leaders of SNAP, the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests, a nation-wide support group
The group will physically tear up copies of the bishops' abuse policy,
deploring its weakness and sporadic enforcement.
After just three years, an already weak and vague set of national abuse
guidelines will be furthered watered down, as bishops this week will likely
- enable themselves to block sex abuse cases using the church's internal
statute of limitations,
- make the definition of sexual abuse more vague,
- reduce the role of the National Review Board and
- require that its members be vetted by local bishops.
SNAP is also upset that not a single US bishop is proposing measures to
strengthen the so-called Dallas Charter.
Comments in the proposed revision also suggest that in the future, many
bishops want to renege on their "one strike and you're out"
pledge and appoint clergy to the Review Board, in addition to or instead
of Catholic lay people.
Yesterday, SNAP called on bishops to create a nationwide reward fund to
encourage people to report suspected sexual misconduct by church employees,
and reform their national abuse policy to require "real outreach"
not passive public relations, to find and help more victims and enable
more criminal prosecution of predators.
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President 312 399 4747
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790
Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Midwest Regional Director 414 429 7259
Chuck Linneman of Sugar Grove IL 630 747 6780
Mary Guentner of Milwaukee, SNAP Wisconsin Director 414 418 3191
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