The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Statement by Patricia Marchant, co-leader,
September 10, 2003
"Everyone you see here today was sexually abused by a priest or religious.
We are here today for two reasons.
We are cheered by the good news in Boston yesterday that a comprehensive
settlement has been reached with victims and their families. We
continue to be greatly
Archbishop O'Malley of Boston has done more in less than one month than Archbishop Dolan has done in one entire year.
Archbishop Dolan, his first month in Milwaukee, promised many of the same things as Archbishop O'Malley. The difference is that Archbishop O'Malley has kept his word.
That is the second reason we are here. We are also here to expose the "myth of two States."
Next week, lawmakers in Madison will be hearing testimony urging
them to reform State laws concerning clergy sexual abuse. Unlike
Massachusetts, Wisconsin is alone in the nation in creating laws
that directly protect pedophile clergy and their supervisors from
If the State of Wisconsin switched with the State of Massachusetts,
Cardinal Law would still be in leading the Church in Boston, predator
priests would still be in parishes across the United States, thousands
of victims would still be living in shame and silence,
Massachusetts, this year, has become one of the safest place for children from clergy sex offenders while Wisconsin continues to be the safest place for pedophile clergy in the nation.
For More Information:
Peter Isely, SNAP Regional Director: 414-963-8617
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests