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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, July 12, 2010

Victims Support Guam Mandatory Reporter Bill

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 9434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are sorely disappointed by the lack of public enthusiasm for Senator Cruz's bill to make clergy mandated reporters of child sexual abuse and neglect. It is our sincere hope that the citizens of Guam speak out and support this one small step to help keep kids safe.

However, we have learned by experience that the best way to keep kids safe right now is for lawmakers to extend or eliminate criminal and civil statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, such as Senator Cruz’s Bill 334.

We also strongly urge anyone (whether or not they are a mandatory reporter) who has seen, heard about, or suspected child sexual abuse to immediately inform law enforcement.

By speaking out, we can help keep all children safe.

(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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

http://www.kuam.com/Global/story.asp?S=12788575

Community apathetic on sex abuse bill

Posted: Jul 11, 2010 10:45 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2010 10:45 PM

by Nick Delgado

Guam - Legislation that would make it clear in Guam civil law that clerics cannot claim privileged communications as a basis for failure to make such reports of child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse went up for a public hearing this afternoon. No one however showed up to testify for or against the legislation. Likewise, no one submitted written testimony either.

Currently under Guam law teachers, nurses, doctors, social services workers, police officers and other professionals are required to report cases of suspected abuse. The bill would add the job positions of bishops, pastors, priests, deacons and other clerical posts.

The Legislature will still accept written testimony on Bill 372 over the next ten days.


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