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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

 

For immediate release:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

On Kansas City, Missouri, clergy abuse settlement

Statement by David Clohessy, national director SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). 314 566 9790

We hope this helps relieve some of the horrific pain each of these innocent victims suffered and still suffer. No settlement, however, can restore the shattered trust, stolen innocence, and damaged self-esteem of individuals

These brave victims have, through simple courage and admirable persistence, warned thousands about these child-molesting clergymen and their duplicitious supervisors, finally winning some measure of justice and healing for themselves. In the classic David vs. Goliath struggle, they have prevailed, but only because they were strong enough to come forward, get lawyers, and push hard for real reforms.

No Catholic officials in America have fought harder, delayed longer, and admitted less than the callous men in Kansas City church hierarchy. They should be ashamed of themselves for putting these already deeply wounded victims of childhood trauma through years of brutal, unnecessary legal hardball. Their flock should also be ashamed of them.

Despite the mean-spirited legal maneuvering by the bishop's high priced defense lawyers, we hope that every single man, woman and child who's been sexually assaulted and manipulated by Catholic employees here will be inspired now to speak up, expose wrong-doers, and take those crucial first steps toward recovery. We also hope that every church worker and member, current and former, examines his or her heart, and discloses what they've seen, suspected and know about clergy sex crimes. That's the only way kids here will truly be safe.

Diocesan officials will likely try to portray this hard-won, long-overdue victory by victims as some voluntary act of kindness by the bishop. Nothing could be further from the truth. This church hierarchy has fought disclosure and healing at every conceivable juncture by every conceivable means. And it's no wonder: they are sitting on horrific, scandalous secrets about decades of cover ups of child felonies, and their behavior has been inexcusably reckless and secretive.

For more information: Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, Barbara Blaine 312 399 474


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org