The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Statement by Rich Cerick of New Canaan CT, SNAP member
We belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
We’re here because of two Catholic officials – Tim Dolan and Ed Egan.
There’s considerable attention on what Egan has done. There should also be considerable attention on what Dolan has done.
Dolan could have stayed silent. He could have appealed to victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers to call police. He could have prodded lawmakers to reform archaic, predator-friendly child sex abuse laws. Instead, he chose to defend the indefensible.
Dolan, in our view, is shaping up to be Ed Egan with a smile and a hug.
We hope every Catholic, here and in Bridgeport, carefully reads these damning documents.
And we beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police, expose predators, protect others, get help, and start recovering. We especially appeal to the consciences of current and former church employees – here and in Bridgeport – to ‘come clean’ with what they know so that others may be spared the suffering that we endured and are enduring.
(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 -- Rich Cerick of New Canaan CT, SNAP member 646 363 9847 cell, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell,
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests