National- Victims blast Supreme Court porn ruling

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 

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

In light of today's U.S. Supreme Court child porn ruling, we urge lawmakers to redouble their efforts to deter future child sex crimes and help those who suffer because of these heinous crimes.   

Most child sex offenders are never caught, charged or convicted, so hundreds of thousands of boys and girls keep getting severely hurt. 

So we challenge those who celebrate today's decision to come up with better ideas. For kids, the status quo stinks. So if you think this award isn't appropriate, what will you do instead to stop this horror and expose the perpetrators?

It's fine to say 'this is unreasonable.' So too, however, is the sexual exploitation of tens or hundreds of thousands of kids. It's not enough, then, for adults to say 'this amount of money is excessive." It's incumbent on critics to come up with a better plan. 

To those who back this ruling, how much would someone have to pay you to sexually violate your child? What price should be put in this devastation? 

We hope lawmakers will remedy this injustice as quickly as possible.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-04-24 13:25:33 -0500
    I feel so sorry for this poor victim, “Amy”. I believe her when she is quoted as saying: "I really don’t understand where this leaves me and other victims who now have to live with trying to get restitution probably for the rest of our lives,” she said. “It’s crazy that people keep committing this crime year after year, and now victims like me have to keep reliving it year after year.”
    I remember reading of her plight, in a book that has been described as a definitive study of pedophelia, recently. In general I believe that pedophiles cause such a horrible mess of children’s lives and long lasting excrutiating pain both physical and emotional for victims who in fact survive being attacked.
    I also believe that when the pedophile is an active priest or female religious, that the damage done is even more heinous, because of the seemingly “authorized” and encouraged crimes, and active cover-up and subsequent bullying attacks on victims by the church hierarchy, and sometimes, the victim’s own family who are in denial.

    I think it would be useful, to both secular and religious organizations who have law-enforcement capacities, to first finally acknowledge that there is NO known cure for pedophelia; and that thus, the only responsible way of dealing with known, convicted and, finally, admitted pedophiles is to sentence them to life in prison without the possibility of parole and, very importantly, without the possibility of viewing ANY pornography of ANY kind, whether in print or online or on television.
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