Canada- Ex archbishop to be sentenced next month, Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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

A former Canadian orthodox archbishop, who was convicted of child sexual abuse, will receive his sentencing July 9. We are glad he will soon be sentenced and hope the judge goes with the harshest option.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was accused of abusing two brothers in the 1980s and he was found guilty of abusing at least one of them. Supporters of Storheim have been rallying around him and hurting victims since the accusations against him were made public. We praise the prosecutors in this case who pointed out that Storheim’s supporters prove he has “good skill{s} in developing trust in others."

Predators are often skilled at hiding their true nature. When parishioners and other supporters publically support child molesters they intimidate victims and hurt those who are already suffering in silence and self blame.

The Orthodox Church in America should take immediate action and defrock Storheim. Defrocking Archbishop Seraphim would send a clear message that child sexual abuse is not tolerated in the OCA.

(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])



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