NY- Victims praise law enforcement for big child porn bust

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

Statement by Mary Caplan of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

There are two crucial lessons to learn from today's huge child porn bust in New York City.

The first is that anyone can be a sex offender. Just because someone has a respected title or important job doesn't mean they are safe. We must be vigilant about kids' safety, even around ministers, police, doctors, teachers or Boy Scout leaders.

The second is that those who see or suspect child sex crimes must speak up, especially because police and prosecutors are now better able to catch and convict these criminals than ever before.

We are grateful for the law enforcement officials who worked on this case. We are deeply sad for the boys and girls who have been exploited. And we hope that this bust will encourage others who know about or suspect other child sex crimes to break their silence and call law enforcement immediately.


(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 15,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)



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