NC- survivor of Irish Catholic orphanage speaks up

For immediate release: Monday, June 09, 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])

A North Carolina man, who was born in a now-infamous Irish orphanage - in the news now because of a just discovered mass grave of 800 infants and toddlers - is speaking up about the pain it caused him. We applaud this brave man for investigating his past and speak up about what happened to him. 

Peter Ferris Cochran was adopted by an American family from the Taum center for unwed mothers in Ireland. We are grateful to Cochran for speaking publicly about his story. We hope it gives courage to others who suffered unimaginable cruelty in Catholic institutions.  

(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 18,000 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, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected])

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