FL--Victims praise FL senator in seeking federal probe of school

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 26

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

We applaud Florida Senator Bill Nelson for seeking a Justice Department investigation into the horrors at the Dozier School for Boys.  Florida citizens, especially relatives of the “White House boys,” deserve to know the full truth about the cruelty and suffering inflicted on children at that facility.   

All too often, political and community leaders stay silent about abuse, sex crimes and cover ups, especially in institutional settings. But this is irresponsible. These are crimes against innocent citizens, not internal matters. And crimes and cover ups like these can be prevented, especially when outside authorities step in. So more political figures should speak up and use their clout to take tangible steps to expose and deter cover ups by officials who oversee children.

We hope federal officials will honor Senator Nelson’s request and use their experience, expertise and resources to shed more light on the horrific wrongdoing these boys endured.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]  

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