The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims hold candlelight vigil at Cardinal’s service
They mourn for those “betrayed by Rigali’s ‘bait & switch’”
SNAP: Some were hurt by priests, then again by church managers
Group begs widely criticized ‘victims assistance coordinators’ to resign
SNAP renews its plea to Rigali: “Fire or at least suspend them ASAP”
“Some who inflicted pain have been ousted. None who compounded pain have been,” SNAP says
The victims will also
These employees include Karen Becker, head of the archdiocese's youth protection office, and Maggie Marshall.
According to the grand jurors, Rigali’s ‘victims assistance coordinators’ are “mislead(ing) victims,” “not keep(ing) victims’ statements confidential,” “hound(ing)” victims for statements to “use as ammunition to impeach victims,” and “turning over” victims’ statements “to archdiocesan attorneys.” In at least one case, according to the grand jurors, a ‘victims assistance coordinator’ “handed previously confidential” victim’s records “over to one victim’s abuser.”
SNAP is glad that some of the Philly priests who inflicted pain on victims have finally been suspended. But no Philly church official who compounded victims’ pain has been suspended (other than Msg. William Lynn who faces criminal charges).
Despite suffering thanks to a nefarious church “bait and switch” scheme, SNAP is urging victims who experienced betrayal by archdiocesan staffers to “dig deep and find the courage to step forward again” but do so “more carefully” by contacting “trustworthy individuals and institutions” like law enforcement and self-help organizations.
A week ago in Philly, for only the second time in church history, ‘victims assistance’ employees were sued for alleged misconduct.
(Several years ago, similar lawsuits were filed, and eventually settled, in Sacramento by attorney Joseph C. George, 916 442-7100, 916 802 7949. George is a Philadelphia native.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests