The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: 6/10/10 at 5:00 p.m. (in USA)
Pope speaks of "secondary scandals;" Clergy abuse victims respond
Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP
Tonight, the Pope passed up a perfect chance to
We're very sad because every day that the Pope refuses to take decisive action to protect kids is heartbreaking. Every time he tries to minimize the ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, by using phrases like "secondary scandal," it's hurtful to victims, children and many Catholics. Every time he suggests that decades of concealing crimes are mere "insufficiencies," he digs the church deeper into an already cavernous, unhealthy, and depressing hole.
In the US:
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’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.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests