PA- Victims blast Dottie Sandusky's remarks

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell,

We hope more rational relatives of Sandusky will persuade Mrs. Sandusky to stop making public statements that will not help her husband and will only further hurt others.

Mrs. Sandusky apparently believes she's right and everyone else is wrong – dozens of victims, police, prosecutors, judges, journalists and current and former Penn State officials. We feel sorry for her. But we feel even sorrier for the young men who are in pain because they were sexually assaulted by Jerry Sandusky and who must feel more pain today because of Mrs. Sandusky's insensitive statements.

Claiming that suffering child sex abuse victims are motivated by money is like saying adult rape victims “asked for it.” Both are outdated, self-serving myths that only deepen already deep wounds of crime victims.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,, Peter Isely (414-429-7259,, Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,

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  • Paul Hearn
    commented 2014-03-12 19:49:57 -0500
    correct email address is
  • Paul Hearn
    commented 2014-03-12 19:48:48 -0500
    Previous comment is signed Don Hearn. The first name was incorrect. My name is Paul Hearn.
  • Paul Hearn
    commented 2014-03-12 19:43:11 -0500
    She claims that she is speaking out now because of “recent developments”. She’s afraid she’s going to lose her husband’s lucrative pension. She came off as a typical enabling spouse of a predator. She chooses to believe her husband because she refuses to accept that the artificial world she created with him is crumbling down around her.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-03-12 17:59:43 -0500
    I agree with you completely. Although, I know some Penn State alumnus who very much WANT to believe her, and don’t want to believe that sandusky is a pedophile. (The ones I know, also happen to be catholics, who actually believe that the children in the church who have been molested were just “chosen by fate to have the misfortune to have been born vulnerable to any and all pedophiles, anywhere”. So far, I have not been able to persuade them they are wrong.) I wish Matt Lauer and NBC were required to interview a victim, in fairness to all of the victims (including the adopted son of the sanduskys), because it did feel like matt lauer and ch4 were trying to help sandusky to win an appeal or get parolled early. And, the thought of that possibly happening nearly made me sick, literally.
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