FL- Diocese sued for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

The Diocese of Venice is being sued for allegedly covering up child sexual abuse. We are grateful to the victim for having the courage to hold his perpetrator and those who covered it up accountable.

Robert Little was a church volunteer at St. Francis Xavier Church when he abused a 13 year old boy. And last year he was convicted for it.

According to the lawsuit, church officials were told about other allegations of abuse committed by Little, but covered it up. That irresponsible behavior led to other children being abused. We urge Bishop Frank Dewane to reach out to others who may have been hurt by Little.

We hope this lawsuit encourages other who were hurt to come forward, report what they know, 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)

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


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