The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims blast the Pope’s/Belgian Bishop inaction on sex abuse
They want state probe of Belgium Catholic dioceses
Victims want church to announce the identities of all predator priests
SNAP says those with information on clergy crimes & cover ups must "speak up"
They will also:
In SNAP's experience, no institution can effectively police or reform itself, especially not an ancient, rigid, secretive, all-male monarchy like the Catholic hierarchy with its deeply-rooted and long-standing practice of concealing clergy sex crimes.
The group believes it's crucial that secular authorities in Belgium promptly begin thorough investigations into the church's on-going scandal in Belgium, so that the truth can be revealed, the wrong-doers disciplined, the victims healed and the vulnerable protected.
Over the past 22 years, SNAP has also learned that victims heal best when they break their silence, name their abuser, and get help from independent sources like therapists and self-help groups. Children are best safeguarded, SNAP feels, when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the courage to speak up and call law enforcement. SNAP is sorely disappointed in the Pope's recent apology in Italy, which included no concrete actions to protect kids and his letter to Ireland. Despite the widespread sexual victimization of children in Europe, the pontiff still refuses to take decisive actions to ameliorate the crisis.
Formed in 1988 and based Chicago, SNAP has 9,000+ members in the US and around the world. It's a confidential non-profit and its mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. SNAP has no affiliation with any church organization and helps victims hurt in any denomination.
US contact: David Clohessy, 314-566-9790, US cell, Central Time, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests