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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Settlements Announced for McCormack Victims

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

No amount of money can restore the stolen childhood and shattered trust and devastated faith these kids have suffered and will continue suffering. But we hope this decision will bring them and their families some healing and closure.

We also hope these settlements will deter future recklessness, deceit and secrecy by officials in the Catholic church and in other institutions that deal with kids.

Virtually every survivor shares the same goal: stopping horrific child sex crimes and cover ups.

These preventable and horrific crimes could have been prevented if only Cardinal George chose courage over cowardice and selflessness over selfishness. His cover up, recklessness and deceit regarding McCormack's crimes were recent, egregious and inexcusable.

Two earlier settlements involving McCormack, negotiated by other attorneys, were for $2 million and $2.5 million.

(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:
Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747)
David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)
Peter Isely (414-429-7259)
Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)


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