The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediae release:
Sex abuse victims respond to new allegation vs. priest
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
We are grateful this brave victim's family has reported this predator. We hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes or misconduct by Fr. Zimmerer will come forward and get help from independent sources.
Even when the perpetrator is dead, it can be very healing when a victim unburdens himself or herself of these horrible secrets. Such disclosures can be an important step forward toward recovering from this devastating childhood trauma.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 17 years and have more than 8,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688), Mary Grant (626-419-2930), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)Posted on Mon, Sep. 08, 2008
Sexual misconduct charge made against late Decatur priest
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests