MN- More allegations vs. MN predatory priest
For immediate release: Thursday, May 1 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])
We're saddened but not surprised that Fr. Mark Huberty has apparently assaulted more parishioners. Predators rarely strike once.
The fact that allegedly neither of his victims wants to prosecute shows just how manipulative he is. Many predatory clerics who prey on vulnerable congregants convince them that it's “love,” when in fact, it's cunning exploitation.
It's virtually always hurtful when clerics prey on congregants. Thank heavens, in about 20 states, this is also illegal. It's improper and harmful when therapists, doctors and clergy use their prestige and power to sexually violate those who trust them, especially when their wrongdoing is portrayed as affection.
(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)