Australia – Archbishop found guilty of concealing child sex abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release, May 22, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820
We are extremely grateful that Archbishop Philip Wilson has been convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, and we commend the brave survivor, Peter Creigh, whose testimony made this conviction possible.
The relief, vindication and healing this verdict gives clergy sex abuse victims is long overdue. A conviction sends the strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predators is a heinous crime that threatens children, families, and communities. The verdict also provides a measure of justice for every child who was hurt in the archdiocese.
We hope that the judge will impose the stiffest possible sentence to deter this kind of self-serving secrecy in the future – in the church and in other institutions.
Children are safer when predators and those who shield them are behind bars.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )