Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Giving Voice to Victims
For immediate release:
Thursday, February 26, 2004
SNAP To Hold Washington, D.C. Press Conferences
Friday, February 27th
Holding signs, clergy molestation victims will discuss a first-ever
nationwide self-survey of bishops on the sexual abuse crisis, and
assess what happens next.
When & Where:
Friday, February 27, Washington D.C.
· 8:45 AM - The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. (Edward Morrow Room).
· 1:15 PM J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave.
(next door to the National Press Club), Dirksen Room, Mezzanine
Six clergy abuse survivors, including two men from New Jersey and
Missouri who have been sued for slander by their abusers, both still
pastors in active ministry today. The victims belong to SNAP, the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the nation's largest
self-help group for clergy molestation victims
Since most dioceses have released some data already, SNAP leaders
will highlight ongoing shortcomings and will suggest improvements
to the bishops handling of abuse within the church.
Later on Friday, the group will also:
· hold a silent vigil outside Catholic University of America
at 5:45 PM. (carrying flowers, candles, and large photos of clergy
abuse victims who have committed suicide)
· attend a Catholic University Town Hall meeting on the scandal
at 8 PM
SNAP, a nation-wide support group, was founded in 1988 in Chicago.
It now has more than 4,600 members in virtually every state, and
monthly support group meetings in 54 cities. Statements from SNAP
leaders & updates will be available on the group's website,
SNAPnetwork.org, throughout the day Friday and Saturday.
David Clohessy of St. Louis MO, National Director (314) 566 9790
Barbara Blaine of Chicago IL, President (312) 399 4747 cell
Mark Serrano of Leesburg VA, Board Member (703) 771 9606, (703)
727 4940 cell
Peter Isely of Milwaukee WI, Board Member (414) 429 7259 cell
Mary Grant of Long Beach CA, Board Member (626) 419 2930
David Cerulli of New York NY, Board Member (917) 757 1791 cell
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis (314) 862 7688
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