CA -- Victims Blast Politician for Defending Bill Cosby

Statement by Tim Lennon

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

San Francisco Local Leader


Politician Willie Brown should be ashamed of himself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosby despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.

Want to know why many crime victims stay silent? Because of callous, insensitive, and thoughtless comments made by people like Willie Brown.

We have a simple choice: we can say and do things that help victims and expose predators or we can say and do things that help predators and intimidate victims.  Former mayor Brown is irresponsibly choosing the latter.

We hope that Brown will publicly apologize for his hurtful remarks.

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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