The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding Rep. Foley Decision to Name Abuser
For immediate release:
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis,
Mark Foley is setting a terrible example. Sex crimes should be reported to police officials, not church officials. Foley should still tell law enforcement the name immediately.
No institution can police itself - not Congress, not churches. Foley should know this; all victims and witnesses should understand this.
If the priest is still living, the burden now falls to Miami church authorities to move quickly, warn parents, and protect kids. We worry, however, that church officials now have the opportunity to destroy evidence, silence witnesses or intimidate victims.
If he's telling the truth, this is a step forward for Foley's healing. But until the identity of the accused is known publicly, kids may needlessly be at risk.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests