PA--Victims say "Lawmakers should let judges do their jobs"

For immediate release, June 14, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

It is the job of judges to decide if those laws pass constitutional muster. Pennsylvania legislatures must put the safety of kids first, above all other considerations. 


(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])

Showing 2 comments

  • Mike Skiendzielewski
    commented 2016-06-15 16:12:52 -0500
    In this necessary, on-going effort to insure legal access and justice for prior victims and their families, all those committed to this objective will continue on and have been strengthened by the events of the past few months. This has been a difficult, painful and exhausting struggle for those intimately involved in the protection of our children and the challenges have been many. Regardless of those elected officials who have decided to stand in the way of meaningful and life-enriching reform, the Children of PA, past and present, will win this fight. Whether it was Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, then Rep. Ron Marsico, or now, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, the cause is far greater and noble than any one official who has consciously, deliberately and knowingly chosen businesses, institutions, religions, etc. over the innocence, safety and protection of the youngest citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. No matter the obstacle or impediment, those who champion the cause of victims, their families and PA children will win this battle, and those block the path or turn away from our children will eventually learn this lesson.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (Retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.
  • @ tweeted this page. 2016-06-15 13:42:55 -0500

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant