CA--Victims abhor California prison deaths

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected], [email protected])

It’s disturbing to read that more sex offenders are killed in California prisons. Violence and vigilantism are always wrong. No one should ever take justice into his or her own hands.    

The safety of anyone in state custody should be guaranteed, whether she’s a battered child or he’s a convicted offender.

Some defense lawyers will use these troubling numbers to try to keep their child molesting colleagues out of prison. We hope they fail. Judge and juries must remember that the safety of innocent kids must always come first. And kids are safer when child molesters are locked up.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]  

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