CA- A fifth Michael Jackson victim comes forward, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 12, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790

Some will blast Michael Jackson's latest accuser for his timing. That's wrong.

If kids are to be safe from predators, adults must welcome – indeed, be grateful for – abuse reports no matter when they happen. It would be wonderful if children immediately understood that they were being hurt and could immediately dial 911. But that rarely happens. 

So they struggle, usually for years, with confusion, shame and self-blame. They cope as best they can. They convince themselves that the molester loves them. They don't see it as a crime. 

And when they finally do understand it was wrong, they cannot imagine disclosing. They fear everyone will believe the powerful and popular predator.

Tragically, often their worst fears are realized. Often, otherwise caring adults flock around and defend a child molester, usually because he's great at his job, whether teaching, coaching, preaching, singing, dancing or some sport. 

And the brave victim of abuse gets re-victimized. 

So our hearts ache for James Safechuck who now says he too was sexually victimized as a child by Jackson. We commend him for his courage.

It's hard for virtually every victim of sexual violence to speak up. It's especially hard when the victim knows that his or her past will be heavily scrutinized by many who will vehemently rally around a well-known and well-loved public figure.

But it's crucial that every victim of sexual violence at least consider taking action. Silence endangers kids and emboldens predators. Speaking up exposes wrongdoers and discourages cover ups. 

So we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Jackson will find the courage to step forward. 

So we are grateful that this brave victim has come forward. It is through the courage of victims who speak up that future abuse can be avoided and justice can happen.

As this lawsuit moves forward, we hope investigators and the public will not let the fame of Michael Jackson cloud their judgment. It takes a great deal of strength for victims of child sexual abuse to come forward. They rarely do so lightly. 

(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 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003,, Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,


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  • Pauline Jaye
    commented 2014-08-24 21:08:00 -0500
    Jackson was acquitted of molesting Gavin Arvizo. So it’s 4 accusers, not 5.
  • nan norris
    commented 2014-05-19 18:08:52 -0500
    Interesting that you would only leave one comment up that disagrees with the conclusion of your article and all links to court documents, as well as the conclusions of the court regarding the maid, her credibility and character have been removed.Yet , her paid stories from tabloid rags remain and Robsons own glowing remarks regarding Jackson , have been wiped clean.
    Are you sure you are actually interested in the truth or is this site just a vehicle for unfounded accusations?
    Maybe you should make that a topic of discussion
  • Jonathan Hinck
  • Jonathan Hinck
    commented 2014-05-16 08:14:52 -0500
    As Nancy Grace once said, how could one of the children have described a Winnie the Pooh tatoo on Michael Jackson’s penis UNLESS he had seen his penis!
  • Louis G
    commented 2014-05-15 19:31:25 -0500
    Louis G: James Safechuck has for the past 25 years stated that no abuse occurred directly towards him by Mr. Jackson. The same could be said about Wade Robson. Both had the opportunity to testify in some way against Jackson in 2005, yet both chose not to. Wade even went on television several times to state that he had never been abused by Jackson. Wade stated that he cried tears of grief and sadness when Jackson died. He used his music in his dance class even after his supposed realization came about. He actively tried to direct two Michael Jackson tributes shows after his supposed realization. Overall, I find it incredibly suspicious that both accusations became public prior a major tribute/posthumous album of Mr. Jackson. I find it suspicious that both use the same lawyer and that both claim intensive therapy finally made them come to this very same conclusion at the exact same time. No physical evidence has ever been presented to indicate that Mr. Jackson is a pedophile. No child pornography has ever been found at his residence and the sole description given of Michael’s genitalia by a child was incredibly off the mark (Michael Jackson was not circumcised). This ‘comedy of the absurd’ proves that Michael’s paranoia during his life was completely justified.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-05-13 16:29:14 -0500
    Thank you, for your very well written, heartfelt and encouraging statement, Mr. Clohessy. I couldn’t agree more with this statement.
  • Jonathan Hinck
    commented 2014-05-13 12:03:47 -0500
    While we can’t, as yet, be certain about this latest claimant, what we can say, with a greater amount of certainly, is that Jackson’s general behavior was consistent with that of a pedophile, and that evidence from a 1993 case pretty well established that he was just that.
  • Jonathan Hinck
    commented 2014-05-12 17:00:58 -0500
    I’ve always been amazed at how Jackson’s death caused so many people (including news outlets such as CNN) to develop amnesia regarding the sordid aspects of his past. Guess John Lennon was right: everybody loves you when you’re six feet underground.
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