MO--Group hopes Supreme Court will rule in favor of abuse victims

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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

The Missouri Supreme Court may let a child sex abuse victim expose his predator in civil court even though the crimes happened years ago. We hope this brave victim succeeds.

Courts and lawmakers are increasingly realizing it’s unjust and dangerous to impose arbitrary, archaic, predator-friendly deadlines that prevent most child sex abuse victims from using civil cases to warn parents about pedophiles. We hope Missouri’s Supreme Court will join this growing, wise and compassionate trend.

It’s hard to screen out predators. It’s easy, however, to stop them after a few victims instead of after dozens of victims. We just have to make it less difficult for victims to expose those who commit or conceal child sex crimes in court. That will make an enormous contribution to the safety of kids. It will also deter employers and co-workers who may be tempted to ignore or hide known or suspected child sex crimes. This is a rare situation in which justice, prevention, healing and compassion can all be served by one step: cracking open courthouse doors so more crime victims can deter heinous crimes.

Shame on Gerard Noce & Boy Scout officials who claim that only individuals, not institutions, can be sued under Missouri law. That kind of disingenuous, self-serving hair-splitting is immoral. Time and time again, institutions and their top officials ignore, hid or enable child predators. To let them off the hook for such irresponsible and selfish wrongdoing would endanger more kids and embolden more employers to act callously and deceitfully in child sex cases.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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 cell, [email protected][email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])


Missouri high court weighs sex abuse suit against Boy Scouts

15 hours ago  •  By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • A man who says he was sexually abused for years by his scoutmaster should be allowed to sue the Boy Scouts of America even though he missed a deadline to do so by years, the man's attorney argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday.

The 35-year-old man, who is referred to in case documents only as John Doe, alleges  . . . 

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