For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Bluefield man, who claims to be a “warlock,” was arrested for sexually assaulting children. Our heart aches for the innocent kids who were hurt and their families.
James Irvin allegedly used his spiritual beliefs to lure the children to him. He claimed that in order for their mother to be healed, they needed to be sexually assaulted by him. It is always appalling when children are abused, but even more so when spiritual beliefs are used as an excuse.
We are grateful for the detective on this case for reaching out to potential victims in Texas, where Irvin lived before moving to West Virginia.
We hope anyone who saw, suspected or suffered abuse by Irvin will immediately call law enforcement and start healing.
(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 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)