The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Regarding Shanley Sentencing
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago (312 399 4747)
Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
"Vulnerable adults and innocent children will be safer because of this judge's wisdom and caution.
We fervently hope that corrections officials will take great care to make sure no more violence occurs either by or against Shanley when he's behind bars.
We also hope that Shanley will now search his conscience and disclose to the police, prosecutors and the public what he knows about cover ups of sex crimes by church officials.
Sadly, some view jailing molesters as vengeance. Most see it as prudent. We see it as crucial, if more pain is to be avoided. It's the only way to ensure that predators don't rape others.
There is no magic age at which child molesters suddenly become "cured.' So despite Shanley's age, the only safe assumption is that he's still a danger, especially given his long history of serial crimes.
He may seem elderly, frail or even contrite. But his physical prowess doesn't what matters. The well-being of innocent people matters. For their sake, Shanley needs to be behind bars.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests