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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims from 4 countries confront Catholic officials
SNAP tells them "Talk to police & victims, not one other"
They’ll walk around plaza handing out fliers about clergy crimes
Group wants no more abuse ”symbolism, apologies & healing masses”
Such public relations gestures "distract public & hurt victims," they say
Instead, church staff should "post names of predator priests," SNAP believes
Victims also challenge Cardinals to each spend two hours doing ‘outreach’ next week
1) Holding signs and childhood photos of victims at an indoor news conference, they will urge Cardinals to
2) Wearing cardboard signs and childhood photos at an outdoor plaza, they will walk for two hours while handing out fliers. The leaflets urge those who saw, suspected, or suffered child sex crimes to speak up, find help, protect others, call police, expose wrong-doers and start healing.
WHERE/WHEN : Friday, November 19
But victims heal best, SNAP says, when they know that children are protected from predator. So SNAP leaders will lay out five specific steps they are urging every Catholic prelate across the globe to do safeguard vulnerable children right away. They will ask bishops and cardinals to act immediately regardless of what action or inaction the Vatican itself may or may not take.
Specifically and immediately, victims are urging prelates across the world to a) spend two hours next week publicly reaching out to others who may have been hurt in the church and “are still suffering in silence, shame and self-blame,” and b) turn over to police and prosecutors the personnel files of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.
SNAP members believe that genuine reformers solicit outside help, rather than merely meeting with one another. They want church officials to turn over files and cases to independent authorities in government and law enforcement.
In the past year tens of thousands of abuse victims – molested by priest, nuns, bishops, seminarians and other church employees - have begun speaking up across Europe. SNAP believes tens of thousands more need prodding by church officials, and others, before they will step forward and take action that will both help themselves and protect others.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests