The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child Molester Exposed For First Time
Predator works in unsuspecting community
Victim and clergy abuse group wants to safeguard innocent children
Advocates will urge other victims to speak up
Predator admits wrongdoing in written apology
Schafer worked as the choir director at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee when he asked the victim, William G. Kirchen, then 11 yrs old (who will be present at the media event) to babysit. Schafer molested him that evening, and continued to do so for the next two years until William was 13 years old The abuse occurred at least 25 times in Schafer’s home, his car and at the church.
Suffering from lymphoma, Schafer recently wrote a letter of apology to Kirchen. (Copies will be passed out at this event.) In it he says he has spent “25 years regretting my actions”, stating “I had no idea what impact my actions could cause.”
SNAP members, who applaud Kirchen for speaking up to protect other children, will attempt to hand deliver a letter to the pastor/rector of the Cathedral parish telling the information regarding Schafer’s past and will ask that he remove the alleged predator from his position in the parish and that he encourage anyone who may have witnessed, suspected or experienced abuse to report it to police.
SNAP fears that Schafer may have molested others here and wants church officials to use websites and media announcements to find and help any such victims.
CONTACT: Joe McMorrow, Orlando SNAP Leader, 240-353-7832, Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 862 7688, Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, 312 399 4747.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests