PA--Victims blast new comments by Penn State prez

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, [email protected])

It’s very sad to see Penn State’s president posture for his donor base by dismissing most of the Freeh report. And it’s’ an ultimately counterproductive move.

Nothing is gained, except perhaps mollifying some misguided alums, by Eric Barron’s comments to the Associated Press. Barron joins a long line of self-centered football-obsessed Penn State students and staff who somehow can’t let go of their unhealthy Paterno-worship and remember the shattered lives of Sandusky victims.  

The AP reports that Barron’s office says he’s committed to “procedural changes and funding child abuse prevention efforts.” But instead of vague promises like this, we challenge Barron to give a detailed accounting of what he’s done about each of the more than 100 recommendations in the Freeh report.

Barron claims "the alumni base” is “split apart." If he’s concerned about that, he should show real leadership and prod alums – and staff and students – to stop whining and start focusing on productive work to safeguard kids and build a more healthy school.

We urge football fanatics at Penn State to stop their unseemly ‘pity party’ and finger-pointing and hair-splitting and blame-shifting.

Kids were sexually assaulted by a Penn State staffers. Top officials knew or should have known. And they did little or nothing to stop the assaults. The school was punished. It’s time for university officials to man up and move on.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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

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

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  • Thomas Bopp
    commented 2015-01-29 16:01:06 -0600
    Pettison, I don’t know where you are getting your information from but it is all wrong for instance you reference the Bible. There is nothing in that chapter that relates to satanic sect. Here is Timothy1 chapter4 . You are one sick puppy. If you think SNAP is doing Gods work I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes when you get to meet Him. There is nothing wrong with the Jews either. I am a Catholic and I have no problem with the Jewish religion, and neither does the Catholic Church, in fact I had the honor of being at a reception for the installation of a new Bishop and there were Jewish Rabbis there also. This was by invitation only. They were very courteous and I had a nice time interacting with them, so the hate is all from SNAP. Below you will find your Timothy1 chapter 4. Read it, it says nothing about a sect.

    King James Bible Online Timothy 1 Chapter 4

    Viewing the Standard King James Version. Switch to the 1611 KJV 1 Timothy Chapter 4 or view a 1 Timothy 4 parallel comparison.

    1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

    3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

    4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

    5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

    7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

    8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

    9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

    10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

    11 These things command and teach.

    12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

    13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

    14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

    15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

    16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

    © 2015 Kin
  • William Levinson
    commented 2015-01-29 11:57:32 -0600
    Thomas Bopp re: " I think an IRS investigation is in order for this organization." See SNAP’s lie about Penn State “staffers” abusing children, and its defamation of the Jewish and Catholic religions, might (not legal advice) constitute cause to determine that SNAP does not have a legitimate charitable or educational mission.
  • Thomas Bopp
    commented 2015-01-29 09:52:42 -0600
    The article on Penn State must have been written by an derelict. SNAP is a joke. I think an IRS investigation is in order for this organization. 20,000 members is like pissing in the ocean, so bdorris get an education and actually help abuse victims. I don’t think you have the credentials to put yourself in a situation to understand really what abuse victims need or to understand the actions of the abusers and the methods they use. There were people trained in the field of sexual abuse of children who have testified that people like Jerry Sandusky pull the wool over peoples eyes. You are not trained in the field and if you were you would not make such STUPID statements. If you were smart, you would print a retraction and never post another statement like this one again.
  • Christopher Miller
    commented 2015-01-29 06:59:50 -0600
    SNAP showing they are for the headlines again and not the victims. What do you know about anything the victims are feeling. I’m still amazed your organization is still around. The blind leading the blind.
  • William Levinson
    commented 2015-01-29 00:36:51 -0600
    SNAP also seems to believe that two wrongs (Jerry Sandusky’s crimes and the wrong done to Penn State’s reputation) make a right. This makes SNAP a problem organization rather than an effective and credible advocate for sexual abuse victims, which is a strong argument for creating an honest advocate for sexual abuse victims. 500,000 Penn State alumni ought to be able to come up with a replacement for SNAP, and that is a course of action I will recommend.
  • William Levinson
    commented 2015-01-29 00:31:38 -0600
    “While none of my fellow alumni have any sympathy or support for what Jerry Sandusky was convicted of doing, to say that “kids were sexually assaulted by a Penn State staffers” is patently unfounded” and also a flat-out lie because (1) Jerry Sandusky is a retiree and (2) “staffers” says more than one person was involved. This is consistent with SNAP’s lack of character and integrity, and underscores SNAP as a dishonest organization that exploits sex abuse victims for its own advancement. “In the 2009 IRS filing SNAP reported $419,607 in income; $396,661 of that received in donations. Salaries, other compensation, and employee benefits were reported at $342,599.” (Reference cited in the link below.)

    As shown at (my blog, citing external sources), SNAP also has a record of hate speech against the Catholic and Jewish religions, as opposed to individual abusive priests and rabbis. Noting SNAP’s most recent attack on the honor of Penn State, and its previous attack on Sue Paterno (!) for defending her husband’s reputation, SNAP’s track record needs to be examined in close detail.

    The phrase “Paterno worship,” by the way, makes SNAP the enemy of every Penn Stater who has pride in his or her University’s track record of academic success side by side with athletic success.
  • Scott Phillips
    commented 2015-01-28 23:00:15 -0600
    This just in. SNAP announces press release full of lies in the hopes of… Wait, what? What do you possibly gain by continued lies? How does it help your cause? Anyone who’s read the Freeh Report can plainly see it’s garbage. Anyone who reads these press releases from SNAP should question your motives?
  • William Cox
    commented 2015-01-28 22:44:18 -0600
    Dear SNAP:

    I speak for myself, but my position on the Sandusky matter is shared by many.

    While none of my fellow alumni have any sympathy or support for what Jerry Sandusky was convicted of doing, to say that “kids were sexually assaulted by a Penn State staffers” is patently unfounded. In fact, the one incident which garnered most attention (the “shower” scene in 2001) was the one for which the jury found Sandusky “not guilty.”

    Please do not confuse our crusade to clean up the administration and board with some insensitivity toward child sexual abuse. We are disappointed that the University chose to settle with alleged victims (trying to buy ‘good will’) instead of defending itself. President Barron is the first administrator to speak up against the fabrications and allegations of the Freeh report. His courage has the potential to start the healing process.

    The NCAA chose to punish the innocent bystanders (current students) and the one person (Joe Paterno) who did more to mold character at Penn State than any other person in the last half century. We have absolutely no respect for the NCAA any more.

    It is n fluke that Tom Corbett was defeated in his bid for reelection as governor, either, after he bungled the Sandusky affair both as Attorney General and then Governor. His vendetta against Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno backfired.
  • Lisa Miltenberger
    commented 2015-01-28 22:10:47 -0600
    So, in other words, it is more helpful to victims of abuse to perpetuate a false narrative than to seek truth to understand how victims become victims and work toward prevention? Your statements seem to serve the purpose of providing fodder for attorneys to fatten their wallets. It is pretty shameful that you use the guise of advocating for victims of abuse when all you want us to line some pockets.
  • David Brodhecker
    commented 2015-01-28 22:04:51 -0600
    It is a shame when someone takes her agenda above that of simple liberties that this great country affords all of us. That liberty is innocent until proven guilty. Only Mr Sandusky has had his day in court, and has been found guilty. All other entities in this drama have yet to be tried, let alone convicted of any crimes. You like Freeh are assuming guilt with very vague information. Let Curley, Schultz, and Spanier have their day in court before you start assuming there was an actual cultural problem at PSU that needed fixing. Remember there were no children that came from PSU. Only 4 of the roughly 30 victims ever set foot on PSU. The Second Mile where Mr Sandusky did his hunting was a fully accredited child protection facility, with child abuse trained professionals on staff. The Sandusky’s had been cleared by the state to foster and adopt children. Schools in the state were allowing Mr Sandusky to remove children during school hours without the parent’s knowledge. So before you even begin coming down on Penn State you better clean up the so called government agencies that are designed to keep the children safe.
  • Bernie Goydish
    commented 2015-01-28 21:54:08 -0600
    Maybe SNAP should work on actually helping victims and educating individuals about the signs of child abuse rather than continually putting blame on Penn State when the facts are not there to support such claims. The Second Mile and the state of Pennsylvania were responsible for the alleged crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky, NOT Penn State. This statement reads like it was written by a teenager in the comment section of some online article. And just to add to the inaccurate statements, George Mitchell has reported quarterly on Penn State’s fulfillment of the Freeh recommendations.
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