CA--Archdiocese settles 2 lawsuits
For immediate release: Friday, December 18
Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, SNAP Southern California director (949-322-7434, [email protected])
We are very proud of these brave men who used the civil justice system to get accountability for the crimes of Nicolas Aguilar Rivera. They came forward and demanded justice, even though they faced huge odds.
Those odds were made even worse by the actions of Cardinal Mahony and other church officials, who covered up Rivera's crimes.
This is not a time to be complacent when it comes to clergy sex abuse and cover-up. We fear there may be a whole new generation of victims suffering in shame and silence. We urge anyone who has seen or suspected abuse to report to law enforcement.
We also want to reach out to other victims and assure them that they are not alone and help and support are available.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)