RI--RI Supreme Court rule against child abuse victims
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
We’re very sad that Rhode Island’s highest court has sided with corrupt Catholic officials and against child sex abuse victims of a notorious predator priest. Many judges across the US acknowledge that bishops have committed fraud by hiding the crimes of child molesting clerics and that, as a result, victims should get their day in court. We are distraught that wounded Rhode Island victims apparently won’t have this opportunity to expose and deter wrongdoing.
No matter what lawmakers or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)