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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Statement on Roman Polanski

Statement by Barbara Dorris, national Outreach Director for SNAP 314-862-7688

We’re sad and worried that Polanski may soon be freed from jail. For the safety of kids, let's hope Swiss authorities appeal this decision.

We understand he'll allegedly be electronically monitored and confined to his home. Neither move, however, protects children as much as keeping him in jail. Predators tend to bend and break all kinds of rules and restrictions, and law enforcement sometimes lacks the resources and will to effectively oversee every single sex offender.

Polanski fleeing the country is only one concern. The other obvious worry is that he may sexually assault someone else. And freeing him certainly won't deter others who are tempted to molest children and escape justice. In fact, freeing Polanski may well confirm the twisted beliefs many predators have that somehow the law doesn't apply or won't be applied to them.

We can send one of two signals to wrongdoers and potential wrongdoers. We can essentially say “We talk a good game about protecting our children and honoring the law, but we really don’t mean it.” Or we can say, by our actions, “We’re serious about safeguarding our kids and honoring the law.” Freeing Polanski sends the wrong signal.

(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

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 home, 314 503 0003 cell)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests