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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Austrian abuse victims demand compensation from church; sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
We applaud these brave Austrian clergy sex abuse victims getting legal help and seeking justice. While they no doubt need and certainly deserve compensation for the horrific betrayal they have suffered and are suffering, it’s important to realize that no amount of money can ever restore the stolen childhoods and shattered trust caused by pedophile priests and complicit bishops.
We hope that these courageous men and women will also push to win real prevention reforms from officials – both secular and religious - as part of their legal process and independence of it as well, so that in the future kids will be safer from child molesting clerics.
(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. 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)
Austrian abuse victims demand compensation, coverage of therapy costs from church
By The Associated Press (CP)
VIENNA — Austrian abuse victims are demanding compensation of up to €130,000 ($160,100) each from the church.
The 131 victims also want the church to pay their therapy costs and accuse it of failing to take appropriate action to counter abusive priests and protect the vulnerable from sexual, physical and verbal abuse.
The demands are in a letter written by lawyer Werner Schostal to six dioceses that was made public Tuesday.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests