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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement


For immediate release:
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Urging survivors and the public to come forward

Statement by Jeb Barrett, SNAP Leader Denver (720 222 2412)

We are here today doing the archbishop’s job: reaching out in person to the lost sheep, to others wounded by Fr. White and to any person who has been hurt by church employees.

We are here today to urge those who have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to speak up, get help and call police.

We shouldn’t have to do this. We are not the pastors of this flock. That is Archbishop Chaput’s job but, like most of his colleagues across the country, he is content to do the bare minimum: to suspend predators and settle lawsuits when forced to do so. Beyond that, vulnerable kids and wounded adults are essentially on their own in this archdiocese.

History, psychology and common sense tell us that there are others, perhaps dozens of others, who have been assaulted by White, Abercrombie, Mueller, Evans, and other priests, brothers, nuns, seminarians and lay employees, both living and deceased.

History, psychology and common sense also tell us that those deeply distrustful and hurting individuals will likely keep suffering in silence, shame and self-blame, unless gently prodded to step forward, get therapy and begin healing. That is what any compassionate leader would do. That is what Chaput and Catholic officials should do. That’s what we are doing now.

Please. . . if you have any information about clergy sex crimes and cover ups . . . now is the time to start getting better yourself and start helping others be safe.

Please, come forward, safeguard the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Kirsten Boyd of Denver, SNAP Spokesperson 303 547 0292
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP Founder and President 312 399 4747,
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790,

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests