CA -- Manhattan Beach priest accused of abuse - Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, [email protected], (949) 322-7434 cell

We were saddened to hear of the harm caused by Los Angeles priest, Fr. Nicholas Assi, who has been accused of “inappropriate conduct” by an adult woman at American Martyrs Parish in Manhattan Beach.  We applaud this brave woman for reporting to law enforcement, because we understand how difficult it is to report abuse to the police.


We believe that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is minimizing what happened by calling the alleged incident “inappropriate conduct.” We also hope that the Archdiocese will vigorously search for anyone who may have seen or suspected abuse by any cleric, including Fr. Assi.

(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 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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Link to American Martyrs Bulletin:

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