The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims call for investigation
They want French government to probe dioceses
And they urge bishops to divulge whereabouts of 2 predator priests
Church-sponsored panels are “nearly meaningless,” group says
SNAP: “Only a truly independent look at cover ups will protect kids”
Self help organization also announces support meeting and public forum
The victims will also announce that, in September in Paris, they are holding two events:
SNAP also wants French bishops to divulge the whereabouts of two predatory French priests – Fr. Father Jacques Gaimard and Fr. Philippe Richir.
Giamard was arrested and charged last year with sexual assaults on a minor, abuses that allegedly occurred during church outings. Richir, a priest of the Saint-Martin de Canteleu church, was found to be in possession of several images of child pornography. Both are from the Diocese of Rouen. Gaimard was placed on bail. Richir himself was never arrested, merely placed "on investigation."
Keeping secret about where these clerics are endangers kids, the group maintains.
And hoping to break what they call “a continuing culture of secrecy surrounding clergy sex crimes and real safety steps,” victims are holding two events in Paris on Sept. 15, at locations to be announced later.
The SNAP support group meeting will offer “consolation and guidance” to those who have been victimized and their relatives. The SNAP public forum will give any person who participates a chance to speak and to hear directly from victims what can and should be done to make the church, and society as a whole, safer and healthier for children. They will show a documentary video about clergy abuse and cover-up.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests