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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Irish bishop resigns: Sex abuse victims respond

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)

It's a small but significant first step, but wounded adults and vulnerable children need widespread reform, not sacrificial lambs.

We hope his resignation will bring some comfort to the thousands of suffering Irish clergy sex abuse victims and hundreds of thousands of betrayed Irish parishioners. But this should only be the beginning of systemic change within the corrupt church hierarchy.

(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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org