SD- SNAP applauds new abuse task force

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,

 A South Dakota senate committee approved of a new child sex abuse task force. We are glad that this first step has been taken to make South Dakota children safer and we encourage legislatures to not stop there.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved the bill, which would create the task force to study the impact of child sexual assault. The task force is named for a SD victim of child sex abuse, Jolene's Law Task Force.

We hope this bill becomes a law and that children are made safer because of it. We also hope that this is a positive sign that SD will reexamine its archaic statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.  

(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,, Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,, Judy Jones (314-974-5003,

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