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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OH Supreme Court hears repressed memory case; 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)

Let’s hope this court, like so many across the US in recent years, will give more child sex abuse victims the chance to expose predators, safeguard kids and seek justice in courts, rather than letting an arbitrary, archaic, predator-friendly deadline protect criminals.

More and more judges, jurors and lawmakers are realizing that a small but significant number of children cope with horrific trauma by involuntarily repressing memory of it. We hope Ohio’s Supreme Court will not penalize these kids by denying them their day in court.

(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 22 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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747)


Ohio Supreme Court weighs claim of woman citing repressed memories in abuse claim

By Associated Press - 10:57 AM EST, February 16, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is resolving apparent conflicts between a state law and a previous court ruling over deadlines for suing over child sexual abuse.

The case before the court Tuesday involves a claim filed by a 33-year-old woman in 2008 after she says she recalled abuse she suffered as a child.

The woman says a 1994 state Supreme Court ruling allows abuse claims to start when a victim recovers repressed memories of the abuse.

But a 2006 law only allowed victims of child sexual abuse to file claims until they turn 30, or 12 years after becoming adults.

Two lower courts dismissed the woman's claim, saying the deadline for filing the claim had expired and the 2006 law did not permit exceptions for repressed memories.


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