The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding San Francisco Bay Area
April 20, 2005
(Note: A Bay Area jury today awarded an averge of $1.4 million to four men who were sexually abused by Fr. Joseph Pritchard.)
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis MO,
The road toward recovery and justice has been so long, rocky and uncertain for these brave survivors. They still have a way to go, but have made tremendous progress today.
Money never makes any victim whole, nor does it restore stolen childhoods. But it can be very healing to know that through your courage and perseverence, you've held wrongdoers accountable.
So many have been so severely and so needlessly hurt by Pritchard and other San Francisco Catholic predators. We hope they will find some consolation and closure in this jury verdict.
Juries award substantial compensation when they think substantial harm has been done, and that's clearly the case here.
To those who might balk at these figures, I'd simply ask "Would you let someone rape your child for a million dollars?"
For more information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis MO, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell
Janet Patterson of Conway Springs KS, 620 456 2330 home, 316 772 6537
CA SNAP Leaders:
Contact: Dan McNevin
Contact: Ray Peltier
Contact: Nancy Sloan
Contact: Mary Staggs Grant
Bi-Lingual Contact: Rita Milla Habla Español !
Contact for those Abused as Adults: Kevin M.
Contact: Mary Ferrell
Contact: Sandy Graves
Contact: Steven Sanchez, SNAP Facilitator
Contact: Manny Vega Habla Español !
Contact: Eric Barragan Habla Español !
Contact: Joelle Casteix
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests