Dominican Republic- Authorities begin criminal proceedings against archbishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorri[email protected]

The Dominican Republic has begun criminal proceedings against the former archbishop. We are glad the prosecutor’s office in Santo Domingo has moved quickly to begin criminal proceedings and we hope Josef Wesolowski is apprehended and made to face justice immediately.

We urge law enforcement officials in the Dominican Republic to reach out to anyone else who might be suffering in silence and self blame because of the deplorable actions of Wesolowski. And we urge Vatican officials to do everything in their power to apprehend him before he flees.

We hope anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sex crimes will come forward, speak up, report to law enforcement, 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 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, [email protected])

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