ME--Victims beg others to come forward on trial’s eve

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Soon a cleric accused of child sex crimes will go on trial, and it’s never too late for those who saw, suspected or suffered his wrongdoing to step forward. We hope more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers will find the courage to call law enforcement about Adam Metropoulos of Bangor.  

All too often, when one family summons the strength to call police about a predator, others with helpful information stay silent, assuming that prosecutors will prevail and the criminal will be convicted. That’s irresponsible. It’s the duty of every adult to do what he or she can to safeguard kids. And it’s the duty of every citizen to share what they know or suspect about child sex crimes to law enforcement.

We beg anyone who has knowledge or suspicions about Metropoulos to get off the sidelines, show some spine, grab the phone and call police or prosecutors now.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected], Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay SNAP Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, [email protected])  

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