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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gallup poll says public's view of clergy is lowest ever; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell)

Americans generally want to believe the best about spiritual figures. So it's significant that the public's view of clergy continues to slide, even after seven years of sustained extensive public relations efforts by the heads of America's largest faith group. The Catholic church's ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis has also prompted victims in other denominations to step forward, speak up, call police, expose predators, file lawsuits, and speak publicly. This has, we suspect, also contributed to the diminished view of clergy.

Clearly, real reform, not just soothing words, are needed, especially regarding child sex crimes and cover ups in hierarchies of the nation's two largest faith groups - Catholics and southern Baptists.

For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests