Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Another brave adult has forced Catholic officials to admit wrongdoing in a child sex abuse and cover up case. Though we're very saddened by her suffering, we are also deeply proud of and grateful to Jerri Hubbard for having the courage to disclose her pain and expose church wrongdoers.
We are confident that Hubbard has made and is making great strides in her recovery. We are also confident that others hurt by Catholic clerics who commit or conceal child sex crimes will be inspired by Hubbard to break their silence, call the police, protect other kids, and consider seeking justice.
It's tragic that only under the threat of a massive jury verdict will Catholic officials admit they act recklessly, deceitfully and callously with kids' safety. It's tragic that unless forced to act by external pressure - from police, prosecutors, journalists, whistleblowers or victims - the church hierarchy refuses to do anything beyond the absolute bare minimum to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded or expose the truth about this on-going scandal.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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
Seattle Archdiocese to pay $1.2 million to settle sex abuse suit, May 18, 2015, By Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times
The Seattle Archdiocese admitted liability and negligence for the sex abuse a 63-year-old woman suffered as a child at the hands of a priest who had previously been diagnosed as a pedophile. The Sedro-Woolley woman reached a $1.2 million settlement late Sunday.
A 63-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman who sued the Seattle Archdiocese over sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child reached a . . .