The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Regarding Conviction of Baltimore Priest
February 17, 2005
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis
314 566 9790
"We are relieved and grateful. Vulnerable adults and innocent children will be safer because of this wise decision.
We hope that Mr. Stokes, his family and loved ones feel some vindication and peace with this action.
We also hope that others who were hurt by Blackwell find the strength and courage that Mr. Stokes found, and will come forward and get the help they need and deserve.
We hope that the judge will lock up Blackwell for a long time. That's the only way to ensure that he doesn't rape another innocent child or vulnerable adult.
There is no magic age at which child molesters suddenly become "cured." So despite Blackwell's age, the only prudent assumption is that he's still a danger to others.
He may seem elderly, frail or even contrite. But his physical prowess or emotional state isn't what matters. What matters is the safety of innocent people. For their sake, Blackwell needs to be behind bars.
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.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests