The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Self help group blasts church secrecy
Clergy sex abuse victim is upset about newly disclosed predator
Bishop should beg others who are hurt to call law enforcement, she says
But Stockton’s prelate apparently wants predator’s crimes kept “in house”
Victims urge those who "saw, suspected or suffered" abuse to contact police
Holding childhood photos and signs at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse victim will
-- blast Stockton Catholic officials for providing minimal information about a newly-disclosed predator priest,
-- doing little or nothing to seek out others hurt by the predator, and
-- urging victims to call church officials, instead of police or prosecutors
She will also beg
-- parishioners to ask everyone they know about the pedophile, and
-- anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police and help safeguard other children from the admitted pedophile.
Today, Jan. 7, 2:00 p.m.
In front of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church, 505 W Granger Ave, (at Sherwood Ave.) in Modesto, CA (209 524 7421)
A clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a nationwide a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
Yesterday, Stockton’s Catholic diocese announced that Fr. Leo Suarez, a priest who most recently worked in Modesto, has been removed because he admitted molesting at least one child. However, church officials refused to disclose a number of significant facts, including Suarez’ current whereabouts, when the abuse report was made, and the victim’s gender). They also took almost no steps to reach out to others with knowledge of Suarez’ crimes, and urged other victims to call the church, instead of the police.
At the same time, the diocese took several steps, SNAP feels, to minimize Suarez’ abuse. The group wants anyone with information about Suarez to call law enforcement, so he might be charged, convicted and jailed.
Suarez molested the child at St. Anthony’s church in Hughson. One of America’s most notorious pedophile priests, Oliver O’Grady, had also worked at that parish.
According to News 10, “Suarez was ordained in 1988. He was assigned to the following parishes: St. Anthony in Hughson (1988-1991); St. Stanislaus in Modesto (1991-1992); St. George in Stockton (1992-1997); St. Edward's in Stockton (1997-2006); Sacred Heart in Turlock (2008-2009); and Our Lady of Fatima in Modesto (2009).”
Jennifer Chapin 209 848 8156, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell, Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747 cell