The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statements

Statement Regarding Los Angeles
Clergy Abuse Report

For immediate release:

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004

For more information:
Mary Grant of Long Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director (626) 419-2930 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis MO, National Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago IL, President (312) 399-4747 cell
Mark Serrano of Leesburg VA, Board Member (703) 771 9606, 703 727 4940 cell

Sex Abuse Victims Respond to New LA Clergy Abuse Self-Report

Group Asks Catholics To Stay Vigilant & Skeptical of Bishops' Claims

Statement by Mary Grant of Long Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director
(626 419 2930)

"This is a long overdue baby step. Now it's crucial that Mahony make sure these men never hurt another child.

We don't expect a notorious, polluting chemical company to just disclose its dangerous dump sites. We expect them to fence and clean up those sites, and warn others about them. So Mahony's work is just beginning.

In every parish where a known abusive priest worked, every single person should ask fellow Catholics 'Did anything happen to your child?' and 'Have you called the police with any suspicions or information?' Kids will only be safe when these dangerous men are behind bars.

Mahony should do what several other church leaders have done: put the molesters names up on the archdiocese's web site, and beg his flock to call the law if they experienced, witnessed or suspected any abusive behavior, no matter when it took place and no matter who the perpetrator is.

We hope these numbers prompt more victims to come forward, more witnesses to speak up, and more Catholics to stay skeptical and vigilant."




Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests