SD- Victims applaud legislative panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell,

Yesterday, a South Dakota legislative panel rejected changes in the state's child safety laws.

We applaud them for voting down a measure (Senate Bill 130) that would have protected those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

Legislators should be making it easier, not harder, for child sex abuse victims to expose predators and protect kids.

Statues of limitations protect wrong doers. They give criminals more incentive to intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, destroy evidence and conceal crimes. They should be relaxed or reformed, not expanded.

(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,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,, Peter Isely (414-429-7259,, Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,


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