KY--Family sues predator priest; Victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
We are grateful to the brave Louisville family that is suing a priest and his church supervisors over reported child sex crimes. Kids are safest when those they hurt seek justice in court.
We strongly suspect that Christeena Gallahue is correct when she says, in the new suit, that Louisville Catholic officials were negligent in failing to stop Fr. Stephen Pohl’s crimes and report them to authorities.
We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions – especially in Louisville – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling journalists, get justice by calling attorneys, and get comfort 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 SNAPnetwork.org)