NC--Victims blast Duke U over rape allegations vs. basketball player

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

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

An independent investigation must be launched into allegations that Duke University officials kept silent about rape allegations against basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon.  

That’s the only way the cloud over Duke can be cleared up. Without decisive action by the university’s board, this controversy will no doubt keep growing,

“Innocent until proven guilty” is a crucial concept. It’s what we use when considering locking up a person. It is not, however, the standard we should use in deciding whether to publicize credible allegations of sexual violence.

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Sulaimon – or anyone at Duke – come forward, get help, call police, protect others adn

(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

Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]  

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