MA- Students file FOIA request re Boston clergy sex settlement

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorri[email protected]

Virginia law school students are filing a Freedom of Information Act request to find out details of clergy sex abuse and cover up settlement in the Boston Archdiocese. We applaud this move.  

All too often, secret deals enable those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes to evade justice and maintain power. All too often, because their identities and crimes go unreported, those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes go on to commit and conceal even more of them.

And even now, despite decades of horrific and continuing abuse and cover up cases in the church, too often secular officials acquese to the percieved power of Catholic officials and permit continued secrecy where it is both unwarranted and unwise.

Openness, not secrecy, protects kids and exposes criminals. We wish these students success with their project. 

(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 15,000 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 (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])  

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