- 2003


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statements

SNAP Statement on Boston Settlement Offer


Statement by Bill Gately of Plymouth,
New England SNAP Co-Coordinator

"We are confident that the survivors who have suffered so severely and needlessly will be heard in the weeks ahead, and we hope that, settlement or not, they will remain supportive of one another.

It's important to keep in mind that most survivors never take legal action. So even if a settlement takes place, it represents only one small step toward closure for a minority of those victimized. No one should mistake a settlement, if reached, for some 'final chapter' in what will remain a long-running painful saga for so many betrayed victims and Catholics.

Comparisons will inevitably arise between this offer and offers elsewhere. But the dollar figure is not what ultimately matters. What ultimately matters is whether or not those who have been deeply wounded feel more vindicated and those who are still at risk will be more secure.

For more information:
Ann Hagan Webb 781 239 1182
Phil Saviano 617 983 5075
David Clohessy 314 566 9790, 314 645 5915




Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests