MO- Citing religion, dad withholds food from kids; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, [email protected])

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court hears the case of a Seventh Day Adventist who withheld food from his kids as a punishment. We hope the court upholds the child abuse sentence against the man.

In his defense, the father is citing his religious convictions.

People can believe anything. They cannot, however, do anything, especially to innocent, vulnerable kids. Nearly all belief is legally protected. All behavior is not. We as a civilized society must safeguard children from extremists who cloak their wrongdoing in religious terms.

(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 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]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])


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