MD- Victims applaud arrest of church deacon

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, [email protected])

A Maryland man who is a church deacon has been arrested for the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. We urge church officials to seek out other possible victims.

Our hearts go out to this courageous woman and her family. We are grateful that she came forward and is seeking justice. We hope that her actions will inspire others who may have been hurt by Blanchard to come forward to the police.

When victims speak out and criminals are exposed children are safer. 

(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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