The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
SNAP discloses US bishops’ new sex abuse policy
For immediate release: Tuesday June 14
If this draft is adopted, there will basically be three changes in the policy:
These are tiny tweaks of a vague, weak and largely unenforced policy. They will have virtually no impact on the continuing crisis.
Two key facts to keep in mind:
1) Not a single current or former church employee – from Cardinal to custodian – has been defrocked, disciplined, demoted or even denounced by church officials for violating even a single provision of this policy.
2) The policy is being amended, but not the “norms” – the actual binding church rules. So an already unenforced set of guidelines will remain unenforced.
We believe dramatic reforms are needed to better protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. But over the past nine years, the policy has been weakened, not strengthened. In fact, we know of no church official who has even seriously proposed, much less fought for, a single improvement in the policy.
There are many ways we’d like to see this policy improved. Here are just two of them
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests