Notorious Priest Fr. James Hanley Passes Away, SNAP Responds
According to reports, Fr. James Hanley has passed away. Hanley first became infamous as a central figure in the Catholic abuse crisis in New Jersey and in 2003 admitted to abusing at least a dozen boys during his time working in New Jersey. We hope that this news will bring some measure of solace to his victims.
Hanley’s abuse has been far reaching and revelations continue to this day. The Diocese of Paterson settled with 21 accusers in 2006, and, just last month, two more lawsuits were filed naming Hanley as an abuser. Thanks to the opening of a civil window in New Jersey, these victims have been able to come forward, file lawsuits, and speak publicly about the abuse he committed.
The sad reality is, we fear it is likely that there are more of Hanley’s victims who did not survive or have been too afraid to come forward. We hope that his passing will ease the pain those survivors feel and will help them see a safer world without him in it.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
SNAP Conference Postponed to September
As cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, affect the way we work and play, and force changes to our daily lives, we have decided to postpone the SNAP Annual Conference from July until September. We are now planning to hold the conference from September 25 - 27 and it will still be held in Denver, CO.
In order to help make this change easier, we will be charging only $99 for registration from now through June 30. Stay tuned for updates and register today on our conference page.SNAP Conference Postponed to September