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SNAP Press Release

Victims and researchers challenge new bishops report

“It didn’t last long & wasn’t our fault,” it “conveniently” suggests

SNAP: Document focuses on clergy child sexual crimes, not cover ups

“Predictably and conveniently” bishops exonerate themselves, groups say

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and researchers will:

- blast a new bishops’ report issued today on child sex abuse, and

- outline specific steps they believe should be taken to stop future clergy abuse & cover ups.

They will also

-point out specific ways in which they believe the bishops’ document is flawed and

-urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to contact secular officials (like police and prosecutors), not church officials

TODAY, Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 p.m.

Outside the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ headquarters, 3211 4th Street Northeast, Washington D.C., DC (near 7th Street & Jackson NE)

--Several clergy sex abuse victims including leaders of a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (, including a Chicago woman who is the organization’s founder and president
--A Boston researcher who co-directs, an online archive that documents the Catholic abuse and cover up crisis

This afternoon, America’s bishops will release a new document about clergy child sex crimes.

Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747 cell,
Anne Barrett Doyle of Boston, Co-Director,, 781 439 5208,
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell,
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director 314 503 0003 cell,

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests