SC-- Former priest arrested; Victims Respond

For immediate release: Monday, August 28, 2017

Statement by Barbara Dorris, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503-0003 [email protected]

A former Catholic priest was arrested and is facing nine indictments child sex abuse charges in Jasper County, SC. We are so grateful for the two brave survivors who worked with prosecutors to make this happen.   

Former priest Father Wayland Yoder Brown, Jr lived and worked in the Savannah Diocese. Brown pled guilty in September of 2002 to abusing 2 boys in 1974 while at Catholic University Seminary in Washington, DC. And was sentenced to ten years in prison. Brown was laicized in 2008.

Now more than ever it is imperative that survivors, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward. Charges are not a conviction, so we beg anyone with information to come forward and work with law enforcement.

(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

Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, [email protected] )    

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