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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims want "outreach" to "others in pain"
They prod Montana Catholic officials to ‘find and help the wounded’
Self help group warns those molested about upcoming Nov. deadline
Anyone who was violated by Jesuit clerics or workers can get compensation
SNAP also wants bishop to let families know about predator priests who worked in Missoula
long-time national director who was molested as a child (and whose brother is a predator priest).
SNAP wants the Helena and Great Falls-Billings bishops to put notices in their parish bulletins and diocesan newspapers about the November deadline.
So far, victims of Jesuit clerics have disclosed abuse in several tribes (including the Salish-Kootenai, Blackfeet, and Nez Perce), on other several reservations (including Rocky Boy) and several boarding schools (including the Ursuline school in the Flathead Valley) and Jesuit-run missions (including St. Ignatius Mission).
SNAP suspects that there are dozens of Montana men and women who were victimized by Jesuits over the past few decades. Many of them, the group believes, are likely still suffering in shame, silence and self blame. SNAP urges those in pain to speak up, report the crimes, protect other kids, and begin to heal.
The group also wants Helena's bishop to admit that two now-deceased Jesuit priests - Fr. A. J. ("Freddie") Ferritti and Fr. Bernard A. Harris - worked in Montana churches. (Ferritti was at St. Ignatius Mission near Polson and Harris was at St. Francis Xavier in Missoula). In January, Ferritti was accused in a civil lawsuit of molesting three Native American girls at an Idaho Nez Perce reservation. In 2006, Harris was accused in a civil suit of molesting four Oregon siblings between 1968-1972. Until today, there's been little or no public attention drawn to the fact that Ferritt and Harris worked within the Helena diocese. (St. Francis Xavier parish has been and is staffed by Jesuits.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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