NY--Head of Dolan’s victim pay-off plan insults victims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

Cardinal Tim Dolan’s unilateral, top-down victim pay-off program has barely begun. Yet the man Dolan picked to head it is already insulting and blaming victims. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/opinion/victims-of-priests-abuse-face-a-choice.html

Kenneth Feinberg told the New York Times that victims tend to be “procrastinators.” At best, that’s stupid. At worst, it’s hurtful. Both he and Dolan should apologize. And they should drop their insensitive, arbitrary and self-serving deadline which forces still-suffering victims to move quickly to deal with decades of pain or else be left out in the cold again.

If kids are to be safer, adults must make it easier, not harder, for victims to report sexual violence. Dolan’s selfish deadline and Feinberg’s callous comments are making it harder.

If victims are to be healed, adults must welcome their disclosures and respond to their suffering whenever victims are strong enough to step forward. Dolan and Feinberg must put the needs of deeply wounded victims ahead of their own convenience.

No matter what New York lawmakers or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions – especially in New York – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(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]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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  • Jack Cesare
    commented 2016-10-19 07:48:39 -0500
    raped in albany ny dioceses—cesare-erickson-decker-topino-shovoh-benedeti-gallagar-bromley-marcy-sheehan&100 in imap program 2006-2008 ran by albany ny dioceses and charlete carter518-687-2240—ext 12—she said woo came forward of sexual abuse 80 received settlements—-who raped them same ones that raped us—dioceses keeps their rapists priest names from public—-when you do that criminal dioceses they rape other children and church has to be held responsible and prison time for people who cover up
  • Chris Tina Johnson
    commented 2016-10-17 16:07:16 -0500
    This catholic cardinal along with others has paid out millions of dollars to lobby AGAINST statute of limitations child sex abuse reform that would help victims… .. they used 100 million dollars of US tax payers money for SECURITY costs for pope francis visit here last Sept, where Fracnis made a catholic saint out of a sadistic priest who promoted rape and torture as evangelization methods and he got saint patricks cathedral in NYC a 200 million dollar facelift which just happened to be completed for pope francis visit.. and NOW he is telling us he is taking out a loan in order to compensate victims ( read the fine print about how few of the thousands of victims he is paying and what they have to do to get the payment and keep it)… RACKETEERING?? According to and investigation done by the ECONOMIST, Cardinal Dolan is the largest land OWNER in Manhatten.
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