The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Predator priest reports harassment; clergy sex abuse victims respond
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)
It's wrong for anyone to do violence to persons or property, or to play 'vigilante' under any circumstances. While almost everyone finds Herek's crimes reprehensible, the answer isn't to harass a child molester. Instead of attacking him, we hope concerned citizens monitor him.
History, psychology and common sense suggest that Herek is not 'cured' of pedophilia. We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Herek’s crimes or misdeeds will find the courage to come forward, get help, and call police. When victims and witnesses stay silent, child molesters walk free and keep assaulting. But when victims and witnesses speak up, at least there’s a chance for healing, justice, and prevention. We suspect that he has committed more recent crimes that could result in his being jailed, and kids are safest when predators are locked up.
(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 since 1988 and have more than 9,000 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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home)
Former Priest Says He's Victim of Vandalism
Omaha, NE - A Catholic priest who served prison time for child porn and molesting an altar boy tells police he's a victim.
64-year-old Daniel Herek says someone smashed off the mirror on the driver's side of his 2004 Ford pickup as it sat in his driveway. He found the broken piece about 20 feet from the truck. Herek lives near 77th and Dodge Streets.
The incident happened the day after his birthday.
Herek recently was jailed again for fondling himself in the Crossroads parking lot.
Police don't have any suspects for the vandalism.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests