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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, July 12, 2010

SNAP responds: 4 more lawsuits filed naming Fr Dan McCormack

By Therese Albrecht – 708 263 3050
SNAP Chicago Spokesperson

We are grateful that more boys who were assaulted by this priest are still stepping forward. At the same time, however, we are saddened by Cardinal George's continuing secrecy.

Cardinal George professes to be "open" about child sex crimes. Yet it was only through the legal system, not the archdiocese, that these latest accusations against McCormack are surfacing. Who knows how many other lawsuits and allegations against priests George is hiding?

We suspect that there are still others who were molested by McCormack who have not yet spoken up. Remember that prosecutors said, back when McCormack was first charged, that he was abusing on an almost daily basis. It's tragic that the archdiocese, with its considerable resources, isn't doing more to find and help these wounded children.

It's the civic and Christian duty of every single person who saw, suspected or suffered McCormack's crimes to call law enforcement. Months from now, this dangerous serial predator may walk free again. So it's irresponsible to stay paralyzed in fear, shame or embarrassment, while innocent children are again put in harm's way again. Please, we beg you, if you have knowledge or suspicions of McCormack's wrongdoing, call the police now.

(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. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)


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