MI- Priest being investigated for inappropriate touching, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Michigan area priest is being investigated after allegations of inappropriate contact with students. We are glad these brave victims have spoken up. 


Father Ken Coughlin is on administrative leave from Holy Family parish in Grand Blanc after two students came forward with allegations. We hope this gives courage to anyone else who may have suffered at the hands of Coughlin to stand up, speak up, and start healing.

Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea should visit each parish Coughlin worked and beg anyone who may be suffering in silence and self blame to come forward and report to secular authorities.

(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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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