The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims vigil and leaflet along popemobile route - Sunday at noon
Abuse victims to vigil along ‘popemobile’ route
They’ll also hand fliers to Catholics while waiting
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Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims from three countries will stand in a small vigil on the road where Pope Benedict will travel. They will also hand out fliers to Catholics and passers-by, urging them to prod
-- church officials to 1) reveal the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics, and 2) discipline all those who ignored or concealed the crimes, and
-- secular officials to 1) reform “predator-friendly” and archaic child safety laws to make it easier to expose molesters, and 2) launch independent investigations into clergy sex crimes and cover ups (like the Irish government has).
The leaflets also urge Catholics to
--ask their friends and loved ones if they were ever hurt by a cleric,
--if so, urge them to call police officials, not church officials.
Sunday, Sept. 19 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Along the “Popemobile” route, near 141 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 8UE
8-10 clergy sex abuse victims from at least three countries (British, Australian, and Belgium), including leaders of world’s oldest and largest clergy victims group called SNAP - the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747 cell, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, 07587206053), Therese Albrecht 07 570 893 544), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)