IL--Pro-Hastert letters will be disclosed; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 15, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

We are grateful that a judge insists that letters backing Denny Hastert be made public. Sunshine is the antidote to secrecy, especially when powerful adults commit or conceal heinous child sex crimes.

We hope this move will deter some who might be ashamed to publicly advocate for predators. Well-meaning adults should think long and hard before seeking leniency for child molesters.

It’s still not too late for others who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Hastert or cover ups by his supervisors, colleagues, family or friends to speak up. He’ll be sentenced April 27. It’s important that the judge knows as much as he can about Hastert’s wrongdoing when he makes his decision.

And we beg every person with information or suspicions about child sexual abuse to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])

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