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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, August 4, 2011
Victims respond to Catholic priest plea in sex case
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Charlotte diocesan priest, Father John Schneider of Asheville, has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He was charged in 2009 for deleting child pornography from the computer of his music minister, who is now serving a 15 year federal sentence for child sex crimes.
We’re glad there’s now no doubt that this cleric concealed child sex crimes. Father Schneider's conviction shows that little has changed in the Catholic Church and that church officials still opt for secrecy over protecting innocent children.
Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in North Carolina will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.
If you have knowledge or suspicions - however old, small or seemingly insignificant - about clergy sex crimes, it's your moral and civic duty to call police. Please summon the courage to do what's right, call law enforcement and hopefully prevent more devastated lives.
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests