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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims want action on year-old abuse case
Church has been silence since cleric was ousted
Survivors of clergy abuse form local self help group
It blasts Pittsburgh for article defending the Pope recently
SNAP urges top church officials to post names of predators on website
The victims will also
The group is asking Zubik for equal time in the diocesan newspaper, to present what it calls a “more balanced view” of evidence and allegations that the Pope has ignored or concealed child sex crimes. SNAP believes Zubik can and should defend his boss in ways that don’t upset, intimidate and discourage others who have been molested from speaking up, exposing predators and getting help.
Also, for the sake of public safety, SNAP wants Zubik to post on his diocesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Roughly 20 US bishops have done this. http://www.bishopaccountability.org/. It’s the least any bishop who wants to protect kids should do, SNAP feels.
Regardless of what Zubik does or doesn’t do, SNAP is establishing a confidential, independent support group in Pittsburgh for men, women and kids who have been sexually violated by clergy at any age and in any denomination. SNAP uses a self help model, and has similar groups that meet on a regular basis in 65 cities across the US and in five foreign countries. SNAP’s goal is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.
Dzermejko was ordained in 1974 and worked at churches in Natrona Heights, Perrysville and Penn Hills.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 22 years and has more than 9,000 members across the world. Despite the word "priest" in the title, SNAP helps people who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests