The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
SNAP wants investigation into military chaplains
Sex abuse victims blast Archbishop re chaplaincy program
More than 100 perpetrator priests sent to work on US military bases
Catholic officials knowingly put families at risk, self help group says
Many clerics abused before & during their time with military families
SNAP writes Congress, Senate, & armed services leaders seeking immediate action
They will also:
The list - compiled from public records, court documents, church files and military reports - includes photos, comprehensive assignment histories, allegations and links to supporting documentation. It is available at http://www.bishop-accountability.org/Military_Chaplains/ after 10 a.m. eastern time.
Because of the danger that these predators posed to members of the military and their families, SNAP is writing a leaders of all four branches of the military, the Pentagon, and members of congressional and senate committees who oversee the armed services. The group is seeking an investigation, including congressional hearings, to learn how frequently and why Catholic officials dumped predator priests on military bases and how to best find and help victims of these predators
SNAP is also demanding that Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, the former head of the Catholic military chaplaincy, explain why these predators were allowed into the armed forces, why their crimes were kept secret and why whistleblowers who reported abuse were punished.
The group hopes that the military and/or Congress will take action against O'Brien and others who covered-up sexual abuse in the armed forces.
A copy of SNAP’s letter to political & military officials will be posted around 10 a.m. eastern at SNAPnetwork.org
Leadership of the Armed Forces
Dear Sirs and Mesdames:
We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are men and women who were sexually abused as children by clerics, employees and volunteers in religious organizations.
We are writing today to tell you the results of a list we are unveiling today (along with a Boston-based research group called BishopAccountability.org) that shows that roughly 100 Catholic priest/chaplains are proven, admitted or credibly accused abuser before, during or after their time in the military.
Our research also shows that Catholic officials
The list of publicly accused predator priests may be found at www.bishop-accountability.org/ The list is far from comprehensive – because many Catholic officials continue to hide predator priests and keep their crimes secret, and archaic, predator-friendly laws make it hard for victims to expose child molesters in court. But the list includes assignment histories, links to public documents, including police reports, court documents and secret church personnel files, and photos.
We know that you find these crimes and cover ups as upsetting and disturbing as we do. The men and women of the US armed forces give their lives for the country. Their families make huge sacrifices for the safety of our nation. And now, we learn that these many brave men and women were being put at risk by the very clerics who were supposed to care about and protect them.
That is why we are asking that you:
Our soldiers and their families have sacrificed enough for their country. Neither they nor their families need the additional burdens of sexual betrayal as well.
We look forward to your response.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests