KY - Victims question whether offender should be attorney

For immediate release: Thursday, January 9, 2014

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

A convicted child sex offender wants to become an attorney. 

We should think long and hard before giving positions of power and prestige to convicted child sex offenders. Adults who sexually exploit kids often also exploit their job titles and professional status to gain access to vulnerable families and hurt children.

Membership in the bar - like the clergy - is a privilege, not a right. 

This decision is not about forgiveness. It's about prudence. We can forgive those who hurt kids. But we shouldn't let them have roles and positions where they can hurt kids again.

Forgiveness is an individual, private choice. Bestowing titles on convicted child sex offenders is a public policy matter. 

Forgiving offenders may help the wounded heal. But it does nothing to protect the vulnerable.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected])

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  • Paul Kendrick
    commented 2014-01-10 10:30:54 -0600
    Barbara Blaine wrote a letter of support to the Louisiana Medical Board on behalf of Dr. Steve Taylor who was arrested for possession of 107 sexually explicit photos of children on his computer.

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