MO--Victims applaud court ruling on church leafleting
For immediate release: Monday, March 9
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
A three judge panel has agreed with us that legislators were wrong to pass a law severely limiting freedom of speech near churches.
For years, we have calmly and quietly handed out fliers to church-goers, either warning them about child molesting clerics or offering help to anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups. We’re grateful we will still be able to do this kind of outreach.
We're glad to do our small part to protect freedom of speech. Lawmakers should make it easier, not harder, to warn parents, parishioners and the public about child molesters. They should worry less about the feelings of adults and more about the safety of kids.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)