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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims blast new Supreme Court ruling
They want Steubenville bishop’s help with lawmakers
Ohio laws are “becoming more predator-friendly,” SNAP says
Group urges Catholic prelate to “become part of the solution”
It blasts him for praying for Pope & church but not for victims
They will also prod Steubenville’s Catholic bishop to
SNAP will publicly urge lawmakers to introduce legislation to overturn the court’s ruling and re-introduce a one year civil window that would enable hundreds of Ohio victims, no matter who or when their abuse happened, to file civil lawsuits. (Two states, Delaware and California, have enacted such proposals.) The group will urge Bishop Daniel Conlon to support both measures and help them find lawmakers to introduce them.
SNAP will also criticize Conlon for holding a news conference last month to defend the Pope’s controversial track record on pedophile priests but refusing to face reporters who raise questions about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. According to the Herald Star, at that event, Conlon urged "all Catholics in the diocese to pray for Pope Benedict and all Catholics in those countries dealing with the abuse issues," but made no mention of praying for abuse victims. http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/534823.html?nav=5010 .
SNAP will also renew its call for Conlon to post on his diocesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics who are or have been in the diocese. Roughly 20 of 200 US Catholic bishops have taken this step, which SNAP considers to be a ‘bare minimum’ public safety step.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 21 years and has more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in the title, SNAP has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests