SNAP applauds brave family

We're grateful another family that was shattered by clergy crimes and cover ups is helping to prevent more crimes and cover ups. Each time a victim or witness calls police, files suit, or breaks silence, our society becomes a little bit safer for the most vulnerable among us.

Now is the time to be vigilant and take action, not be complacent and remain quiet. If the latter occurs Ratigan might get off on some technical legal scheme or might escape jail. Worse, the Catholic officials who enabled Ratigan to hurt other kids might avoid prosecution all together. So we beg people with even the slightest knowledge of how Ratigan and other sex offender clerics were or are handled to call 911 and report what they know.

Staying silent might feel safe. But it's unsafe for kids.

(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 Blaine (312-399-4747,, Peter Isely (414-429-7259,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,

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