The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims hold sign outside mass today
Predator has been suspended & bishop speaks to parish
Now, group says, bishop should put priest in treatment center
It’s inherently hurtful, they say, for cleric to have sex with congregant
Group begs others who saw, suspected or suffered misconduct to “come forward”
They will also urge Nashville bishop to
The two will also encourage current and former church employees or staff who have suspicions or knowledge of the priest’s wrong doing to step forward, call police get help, protect others and start healing.
This week, Choby has suspended Fr. John Sapperfield from St. Philip's because of sexual misconduct involving a parishioner. SNAP strongly suspects Sapperfield has exploited or manipulated or abused other vulnerable adults and is urging Choby to do more to find and help anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Sapperfield’s misdeeds.
All too often, SNAP believes, church officials oust predatory priests but give them inadequate supervision, monitoring and therapy., Choby should put Sappenfield in a remote, secure, professionally-run treatment center so that he’ll get help and so that others will be safe, SNAP feels.
And too often, female victims of this kind of abuse are blamed for allegedly "leading the priest astray." SNAP hopes that Choby will do all he can to prevent this vicious victim-blaming and that Sappenfield will be held accountable.
Finally, in many instances, bishops passively sit back in their offices and hide behind their desks, lawyers and public relations staff, instead of aggressively visiting predators’ workplaces, prodding victims and witnesses to take action and start healing.
Fr. Sappenfield worked in a parish in recent years with Bishop Choby before Choby was named bishop. Sappenfield was assigned at St. John Vianney in Gallatin and taught at John Paul II High School in Hendersonville while he was in residence at St. John Vianney.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests