CT- Victims speak out in favor of law

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Statement by Beth McCabe of SNAP (860 335 8187, [email protected])

We as victims of childhood sexual trauma fought too long and hard to reform awful and outdated statutes of limitations to let one Catholic official roll back Connecticut law and help predators remain hidden. We desperately hope that our state's Supreme Court will side with kids who are at risk and adults who are suffering, and against a powerful public figure who wants to avoid the inconvenience and humiliation that come with clergy sex abuse trials, depositions, and discovery.

If Hartford Catholic officials have really reformed and are no longer hiding the crimes of Catholic clergy and the complicity of church supervisors, why would they fear letting the courthouse doors remain open to child sex abuse victims?

If this horrific scandal has taught us anything, it is that nothing exposes predators and protects children better than our justice system. It's not perfect, but it's far more effective and fair than letting self-serving Catholic officials keep dealing with heinous crimes “in house.” So let's not go backwards. Let's keep safeguarding the vulnerable by using our time-tested, impartial, and open court system to bring child sex crimes out of the darkness and into the light.

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])


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