PA Class-action suit demands release of all names of accused priests, SNAP responds
For immediate release, Sept. 17, 2018
Statement by Judy Jones, Volunteer SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
A class-action lawsuit was filed today in Pennsylvania asking the court to force officials in the state's eight Roman Catholic dioceses to disclose all records pertaining to child sexual abuse since 1948. The action is not asking for money, only transparency for the community and justice for the victims.
Church officials have consistently said that they want transparency. So we anticipate that they should welcome, not fight, this action.
We applaud those who clearly want to expose wrongdoers, protect kids and end cover ups.
Parishioners, parents, police, prosecutors and the public need and deserve to know the names of every Catholic employee, current and past, who committed or concealed these heinous crimes. Releasing these names also helps victims, who are still scared and silent, to know that they are not alone.
The Pennsylvania Hotline continues to take calls: 855-363-6548 Please call.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has a network of more than 25,000 survivors and supporters. Our website isSNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.com)