The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims prod archdiocese to "reach out"
New settlement announced last week against predator priest
Serial child molesting clergyman worked in San Antonio church
Archbishop should officials should “aggressively reach out” to others, group says
SNAP begs others who were sexually assaulted, by any cleric, to 'come forward'
They will also beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes or misdeeds to get help, call police, expose predators, protect others and start healing
and in Dallas in the 1970s and 1980s. The Dallas Diocese and Behnke’s employer, an Oklahoma City-based religious order called the Discalced Carmelite Friars, were the defendants in the cases.
According to the church's 2002 national sex abuse policy, bishops are mandated to be "open and transparent" about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. Yet when attorneys for Behnke settled the cases, San Antonio church officials made no announcement to the public or its parishioners.
SNAP believes there are others who were hurt by Behnke who may still be “suffering in shame, silence and self blame.” SNAP is calling on both the Carmelites and the archdiocese to “use every resource at their
disposal to reach out to others who may have been harmed" including using church websites, diocesan newspapers, parish bulletins and pulpits.
From 1959 to 1963, and again in the mid-1970s, Behnke worked at Little Flower church (824 Kentucky) in San Antonio. From 1979 to 1984 Behnke worked at St. Mary of Carmel Church in Dallas. All six boys were abused in this parish (and elsewhere) over nearly two decades. The victims were about 11-12 years old when the abuse began. The crimes happened in the rectory and during trips. From 1984-1987, Behnke worked at the Cathedral in Dallas. The victims are represented by Dallas attorney Lori Watson and Linda Turley of the Turley law firm (800 692 4025, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Behnke is deceased. He spent several years at a church-run center in New Mexico for pedophile priests and often took boys on overseas trips.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests