The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, August 31, 2009
Former Indiana priest arrested for child sex crime
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)
(Today, news media in Wisconsin are reporting that a former Ft. Wayne Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with molesting a child.)
We hope this arrest will prod the others who saw, suspected or suffered Blume's crimes to come forward, get help, call police, start healing and protect others. When victims and witnesses stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims and witnesses are strong and brave enough to speak up, at least there's a chance for healing, justice and prevention.
We also hope Ft. Wayne's bishop will show some compassion and aggressively reach out to help law enforcement track down others who could testify in criminal proceedings against Blume.
(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 21 years 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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Former Priest Charged with Child Sexual Assault
By Melissa McCrady
WAUKESHA - A former priest who worked in Brookfield has been charged with sexually assaulting a child.
James Blume will face a judge for the first time Monday morning.
Blume taught religious education classes at St. Luke's Parish in Brookfield.
The alleged victim and the victim's family were members there.
Blume will make an appearance at the Waukesha County Courthouse on charges of sex abuse.
His home diocese is Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he spent most of the 1970's working within the Milwaukee archdiocese - specifically at St. Luke's Parish.
He is also believed to have worked at St. Charles' boys facility in Wauwatosa.
Blume now lives in Florida, but was arrested for violating Wisconsin's "fleeing sex offender" law.
At least two child sex abuse civil suits were filed against the Fort Wayne diocese regarding Blume.
The charges against Blume are the first that he's faced in the state of Wisconsin.
SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) claims that Blume had his priestly duties removed in 2008.
Background on Blume from BishopAccountability.org -
Man filed suit 1991 alleging Blume abused him from 1982-1985. 2002 article said man originally complained in 1988 or 1989 and that Bishop forced Blume to resign in 1989 after he completed therapy. Suit settled by 1994. 2nd man filed suit in 1992 alleging abuse at different assignment from 1985-1987.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests