Canada- Newly reveled court documents show widespread child abuse
For immediate release: Thursday, September 11, 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 Canadian search warrant was recently made public, which shows troubling allegations of repeated child abuse in the ultra-Orthodox sect Lev Tahor.
We are glad that officials in Israel, Canada and Interpol have worked together to establish a criminal case against this sect and are hopefully able to bring the perpetrators to justice. The investigation began when Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans’ son left the group and reported to officials about widespread abuses within the group.
We are grateful to the brave victims who found the courage to speak up. We hope more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the courage to come forward, speak up, help protect children and start healing.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)