NM- Archdiocese faces new sex abuse lawsuits, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is facing four more child sexual abuse lawsuits. We are glad more and more victims are finding the courage to speak up and demand justice and accountability.

The new lawsuits name four different priests as abusers, one of whom recently returned to New Mexico after being released from prison in Michigan for another child sexual abuse case.

We are grateful to the brave victims who are stepping up and speaking out. Children are kept safe and wrongdoers are exposed only when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the courage to speak up.

(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 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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