The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims to leaflet outside mass
They urge Catholic parishioners to back child safety bill
Top Catholic officials are "deceiving their flock," SNAP says
Self help group wants church hierarchy to stop “scare tactics”
The leaflets will also encourage parishioners to
SNAP maintains that because of limited law enforcement resources, fewer than 20% of all child molesters are ever arrested, prosecuted and jailed. So ‘next best option’ to protect kids is to at least publicly expose child sex offenders through civil courts, so that neighbors, parents and prospective employers will know of their crimes and whereabouts. That’s one of the key benefits to the proposed legislation, the group feels.
It will also help deter future recklessness, deceit and callousness by institutions, SNAP believes, and will prod some employers to work harder to screen out sex offenders and respond quickly when child sex crimes happen.
It is sponsored by Rep. Beth Bye (D-19) and has been voted out of the Judiciary Committee.
Large insurance companies and Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell opposes the reform measure, arguing that victims already have enough time to step forward.
Some of the victims at the event were molested as kids by Dr. Goerge Reardon who allegedly molested hundreds of children at a hospital.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests