MO--Victims respond to damning KC police misconduct

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

Corrupt and callous Kansas City cops must be fired and prosecuted for putting suffering children through even more suffering by ignoring or concealing known or suspected crimes.

It’s not enough that some claim “progress” is being made now. It’s not enough that officers have been moved back to street patrols and out of the crimes against children division. (If officers are so irresponsible that they’ll let hurting kids keep hurting, it’s unlikely they’ll suddenly ‘reform’ and start acting responsibly toward adults.)

Ignoring wrongdoing encourages more wrongdoing.

It’s just heart-breaking that KCPD officers have repeatedly violated the trust of crime victims and enabled criminals to commit more crimes. We desperately hope that these brave victims report again and keep reporting – to police, prosecutors, even federal officials – until they are heard and justice is done. Giving up helps no one.

No matter what politicians or police officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered violent or sexual crimes to continue protecting kids by calling police – and persist, no matter how many delays - and get help by calling therapists, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, victims will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

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

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