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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

US clergy sex abuse victims react to Irish Catholic report

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

Harsh consequences, not mere publicity, deter crimes against children. Greater public awareness and carefully-crafted church apologies aren't enough. Regardless of what does or doesn't happen in the legal arena, no one should donate a nickel to the Christian Brothers, who used their legal clout to keep the names of serial criminals hidden from the public even now.

It's important to remember that many of these crimes continued into the 1990s. While many perpetrators are deceased, there must be dozens, if not hundreds, who are not.

We are deeply grateful for the courage of the hundreds of deeply wounded victims who found the strength to report their suffering to this inquiry. They should be applauded by every Irish citizen and every Catholic worldwide for helping to shed light on such a horrific scandal. We desperately hope that this report will give them some comfort and solace and ease their devastating pain.

(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 20 years and have more than 9,000 members across the US & the globe. 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

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

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests