NJ- Catholic officials want to bury predators quietly; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, March 17, 2014
Statement by New Jersey SNAP leader Mark Crawford (732-632-7687, [email protected])
Church officials will claim that this is about being sensitive to victims. It's not. Church officials' use of the phrase "negative publicity" shows their true intent: it's about keeping predator priests out of the news. Church officials know that every time a child molesting cleric is mentioned in public, other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers might step forward. Preventing such disclosures continues to be a top priority in the Catholic hierarchy.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)