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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, September 24, 2010

Pastors Meet to Pray for Bishop Long; SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director 314 5669790

Shame on the handful of ministers who organized a public prayer session on behalf of a credibly accused serial predatory colleague, Bishop Eddie Long. Publicly rallying around an alleged sex offender scares other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent. These pastors should be encouraging, not discouraging anyone with information about the allegations to step forward. It's much more appropriate and compassionate to back Long in private ways that don't intimidate victims and hurt victims.

(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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Pastors-Meet-to-Pray-for-Bishop-Long-20100924-pm-sd

Pastors Meet to Pray for Bishop Long

Updated: Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 12:40 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta

ATLANTA - Pastors from across Metro Atlanta are gathering to pray for Bishop Eddie Long.

The pastors are meeting at Paschal's restaurant in southwest Atlanta.

Reverend Jasper Williams of Salem Baptist Church organized the meeting and says the meeting is not about hearing the legal issues that Bishop Eddie Long is facing.

Williams says he hopes the participating pastors will rally around Bishop Long in prayer.

In lawsuits filed this week, three men who were members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claim Bishop Eddie Long coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17 or 18 years old.

Long canceled a planned interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday. Instead, Long's lawyer, Craig Gillen, went on the nationally syndicated radio show.

Through his lawyer, Long has denied the accusations.

Bishop Long is expected to address his congregation Sunday on the allegations.


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