The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims call for national Catholic church probe
Panel should investigate all US diocesan "victims programs”
DA says system supposed “to help victims instead helps abusers”
SNAP strongly suspects that this “collusion” is happening elsewhere
And Philly Cardinal should fire defense lawyers & two coordinators, group says
The victims will also call on Philly’s Catholic hierarchy to
The so-called “victims assistance coordinators,” grand jurors concluded, “mislead victims,” “hound” victims to “give statements to “use as ammunition to impeach victims,” “do not keep victims’ statements confidential,” “turn over” victims’ statements and records “to archdiocesan attorneys,” and in at least one case, “to the victim’s abuser.” These are immoral, hurtful and diabolical acts, SNAP believes, that must be punished if they are to be stopped.
SNAP believes it’s crucial that clergy sex abuse victims call police. Some victims, however, will always be tempted to call church officials. But because of the wrongdoing by archdiocesan defense lawyers, SNAP fears that more victims will stay silent. So to create a most trusting climate for deeply wounded individuals to disclose crimes, SNAP wants Cardinal Justin Rigali to fire these individuals and publicly condemn their misdeeds.
Finally, SNAP suspects that similar collusion between alleged church “helpers” and church defense lawyers is happening elsewhere. The group is asking the National Review Board, a panel of Catholics charged with overseeing bishops’ handling of abuse cases, to quickly launch an independent investigation into such tactics in Catholic dioceses across the US.
CONTACT - Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Dave Lorenz 301 906 9161, David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Karen Polesir (267 992 9463), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests