The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child abuse group leaflets outside parish
They beg victims & witnesses to “step forward”
“Now is no time for complacency,” SNAP argues
Accused clerics often escape on technicalities or get light sentences
So it’s crucial, victims say, that “everyone with info calls police now”
Organization also blasts latest archdiocesan “tinkering with underlings”
The victims will also harshly criticize Philly’s Catholic hierarchy for hiring another lawyer and another consultant yesterday to deal with abuse, instead of ousting credibly accused child molesters and taking strong, proven steps to help better protect vulnerable kids.
SNAP is also begging current and former church members and employees at St. Jerome’s to contact law enforcement if they have any information about alleged child sex crimes by two priests and a lay teacher who were indicted on Thursday. The self help group believes there are likely others who were sexually violated by the church employees, and others who may have witnessed the crime or the cover up.
Often, in clergy sex cases, accused clerics get top notch defense lawyers and exploit legal loopholes, escape convictions on technicalities or get extremely light sentences. So SNAP is issuing a strong public appeal asking anyone with suspicions or knowledge of clergy sex crimes or cover ups to contact law enforcement immediately.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests