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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ohio Supreme Court rules for victim & against predator priest
Statement by: Judy Jones, Snap Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
We're grateful to Beth Rocker, the brave victim of Fr. Gary Zalenski, who has won in her long struggle to shed light on this predator's crimes. We applaud her courage and persistence.
Across this country, and the world, judges are slowly realizing that privacy laws shouldn't be used to help protect child molesters. It's crucial that parents, parishioners and the public learn more about proven, admitted and credibly accused sex offenders - both clergy and non clergy. Courts can play a key role in providing this public safety information.
We hope others who my have seen, suspected or suffered clergy crimes and cover ups - whether by Zalenski or other church staff - find the courage to come forward, call police, expose wrongdoers and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 21 years and has more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in the title, SNAP has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.)
David Clohessy, 314 566 9790, SNAPnetwork.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
According to Beth's attorney, Konrad Kircher, “The Ohio Supreme Court, in ruling this morning in favor of my client, confirmed the public’s need to know information about crimes and possible crimes. We are pleased that the Supreme Court justified our two-year pursuit of these documents so that we can fully investigate the facts and explore all remedies for victims of this predator.”
Konrad Kircher, ph: 513-229-7996, firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests