The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Another church child sex case is launched; SNAP respond
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
We’re grateful that law enforcement is pursuing charges against this church member who is accused of committing child sex crimes. We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes in this congregation will step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
Church officials and members must understand that society no longer tolerates turning a blind eye to child sex crimes. We’re disappointed that these complicit church officials got such a light sentence but are glad that they have been held responsible, even in a small way, for their inexcusable part in the horrific pain of a 12 year old girl.
(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Man charged with sex assault on minor; church members failed to report claims to police
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 10, 2011 - 1:39 pm
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man faces a charge of felonious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl, in a case in which a pastor and two church elders were convicted of not reporting the allegation to police.
Conway Police say 53-year-old Joel Clement of North Conway was indicted last week and released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
The pastor and two elders of the Valley Christian Church in Center Conway learned of the assault allegations from the girl's parents in September 2009, but they failed to notify police. The parents told police six months later.
WMWV-FM reports that all three were convicted in December of misdemeanor failure to report and fined $2,000 each.
Clement, also an elder in the church, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Information from: WMWV-FM, http://www.wmwv.com/index.html
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests