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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, August 4, 2011

Abuse Victims Settle with Orange Diocese

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

Later today, sources say, attorneys for two child sex abuse victims will announce a settlement with the Diocese of Orange for $200,000. The victims have not settled with the Franciscan order, who also employed the accused priests - Fr. Alexander Manville and Fr. Gus Krumm - while they were priests at Sts. Simon and Jude in Huntington Beach. The lawsuit against the Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Barbara, is still scheduled to go to trial in September.

We admire and applaud the bravery and the tenacity of these two brave victims of child sex abuse. They came forward to seek justice in the face of great odds, and used the tried-and-true justice system to demand accountability.

No amount of money will ever resurrect a lost childhood, restore destroyed families, or instantly "cure" a victim of a lifetime of suffering. But civil lawsuits DO help healing. They DO force transparency from church officials. They DO keep kids safe right now. We hope that today's announcement encourages other victims to come forward and get help.

Despite their statements, the Diocese of Orange is responsible for Gus Krumm and his crimes while he was working in the diocese. When Krumm was exposed in Santa Barbara, the Diocese of Orange did nothing to warn parishioners of the danger. Then, they secretly and quietly transferred him from Huntington Beach to Oregon and denied that Krumm was a predator. That is criminal behavior. Orange Diocese officials must be held accountable.

Gus Krumm and Alexander Manville are walking free, despite this settlement and Krumm's admission of guilt. We hope that law enforcement and local communities remain vigilant to ensure that these men do not work with children. We also urge other victims come forward and report abuse, so that predators are held accountable for their crimes.

We look forward to September's trial, when the full scope and scale of Krumm's crimes and Manville's alleged crimes - as well as the crimes of the men and women who covered-up for them - will be made public.

The attorney for the victims is H. Shaina Colover - 949-644-7283.

(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 - Joelle Casteix (949) 322-7434 jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


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