NJ--Victims urge church officials to restore memorial

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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])

Why must already-wounded and betrayed abuse survivors be forced to pay for a memorial at a Catholic church? Why can’t New Jersey church officials pony up this time?


We are deeply proud of the brave survivors who were assaulted by Paterson diocese predator priests. At least a dozen were victimized by one Mendham priest: Fr. James Hanley. It took great strength for them to come forward, seek justice, expose wrongdoers and create this moving memorial. We are sad that it’s been damaged again.


The memorial is a small but important reminder about the continuing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church. For the healing of adults and the safety of kids, and especially for the loved ones of Jim Kelly, we hope it’s restored fully and quickly.

(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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected], [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director (732-632-7687. [email protected])

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