Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Abuse Victims Statement: Polanski Denied Bail

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SW Regional Director, SNAP - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( (949) 322-7434 cell

We're glad Polanski was denied bail. Kids are safer because wrongdoing is being punished justly and publicly. In fact, other adults who may hurt children will now see that power, artistic talent and money do not make anyone immune from the law.

Polanski has ten days to appeal. We are asking him to NOT do this. He has enjoyed more than 30 years of freedom, living in the lap of luxury. He chose to become a fugitive, when in fact, he could have done the right thing long ago. The least he can do - out of respect for his victim, all victims, and the justice system - is to resist the temptation to use his wealth and the wealth and power of friends and family to win special treatment yet again.

(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

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

Bail Is Denied for Polanski

Published: October 20, 2009

A Swiss court denied Roman Polanski’s appeal on Tuesday to be released from jail pending a ruling on his possible extradition to the United States, The Associated Press reported. The Swiss Federal Criminal Court said Mr. Polanski, 76, was a “high” flight risk and rejected his offers to be under house arrest or to post bail, even if his chalet in Gstaad were used as collateral. He has 10 days to appeal the decision. Mr. Polanski, who fled the United States in 1978 before he could be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, was arrested on Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich for a film festival. More court proceedings are expected after the United States files a formal extradition request, which must be submitted by Nov. 25.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests