Pittsburgh Priest Charged with Child Sex Abuse, SNAP Responds

Today Fr. Hugh J. Lang was arrested and charged with the alleged sexual abuse of a 10 year old child in 2001.

We applaud this brave man for contacting law enforcement. We hope his courage inspires others to do the same. 
Thanks again to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for exposing the truth and helping survivors to come forward. The Grand Jury Report, and the information it revealed, have made today's children safer.

We hope anyone who may have suffered, seen or suspected crimes by Fr. Lang, or any others associated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will call the police immediately. Victims, witnesses and whistle blowers can also reach out to SNAP, or groups like ours, for help and support as they report. 

We also urge Bishop David Zubik to contact his flock and diocesan employees and remind them, and direct them, that they should be reporting clergy sex crimes to the police. That is, after all, is the right thing to do to make sure that those who abuse children are kept away from the innocent.  

Contact:  Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Leader (636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009,zhiner@snapnetwork.org)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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