The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
More clergy sex abuse cases are tossed out
At least 20 California victims are denied 'chance for justice'
SNAP blasts Catholic officials for exploiting legal technicalities
'Act like compassionate shepherds, not cold-hearted CEOs," victims tell bishops
Court decision should not deter those who were molested from 'coming forward, getting help & calling police'
At a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
Some of the accused priests in the case are Father Robert Koerner and Father Franklin Buckman.
At best, Elias' ruling will delay exposing the truth about predator priests and their complicit supervisors, SNAP feels. At worst, the rulings may deny dozens of child sex abuse victims an opportunity to achieve some measure of healing, closure, justice and prevention.
SNAP is hopeful that all of these cases will be successfully appealed and the victims will have a chance to expose their predators in court, along with church officials who may have ignored or concealed the crimes. Still, its a setback to already wounded and still suffering adults who were assaulted as kids.
Two weeks ago, a three judge appeals court in northern California overturned an Alamedia County Superior Court ruling by Judge Kenneth Burr and opened the doors to more civil lawsuits from victims who were molested as children but only discovered the source of their adult difficulties in recent years. (That case involved six Quarry brothers who sued in 2006 lawsuit for being molested by the same cleric.)
More and more judges across the country, SNAP says, are gradually realizing that many who were sexually assaulted during their youth don't realize that the childhood crimes caused on-going and severe trauma that still impacts them years later as adults.
Most of the victims involved are represented by San Diego attorney Irwin Zalkin (858 259-3011).who has handled hundreds of institutional child sex abuse cases.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests