NY- Predator priest is sued, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A deceased New York priest is being sued for child sexual abuse. We are grateful to this brave woman for standing up for justice and accountability.
Fr. Jamie Duenas plead guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl before he died. During his guilty plea he blamed the victim for wearing “short skirts.” Blaming the victim for the egregious actions of an adult is unacceptable. The Archdiocese of New York should have immediately condemned him and reached out to victims.
We urge Cardinal Timothy Dolan to visit every parish Fr. Duenas worked and beg witnesses, whistleblowers, and victims to come forward, report to police and start healing.
(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)