The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Statement Regarding San Francisco Bay Area
Jury Award


April 20, 2005

(Note: A Bay Area jury today awarded an averge of $1.4 million to four men who were sexually abused by Fr. Joseph Pritchard.)

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis MO,
SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell

The road toward recovery and justice has been so long, rocky and uncertain for these brave survivors. They still have a way to go, but have made tremendous progress today.

Money never makes any victim whole, nor does it restore stolen childhoods. But it can be very healing to know that through your courage and perseverence, you've held wrongdoers accountable.

So many have been so severely and so needlessly hurt by Pritchard and other San Francisco Catholic predators. We hope they will find some consolation and closure in this jury verdict.

Juries award substantial compensation when they think substantial harm has been done, and that's clearly the case here.

To those who might balk at these figures, I'd simply ask "Would you let someone rape your child for a million dollars?"

For more information:

David Clohessy of St. Louis MO, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago IL, SNAP Founder and President 312 399 4747 cell
Mark Serrano of Leasburg VA, SNAP Board Member 703 727 4940 cell

Janet Patterson of Conway Springs KS, 620 456 2330 home, 316 772 6537 cell
Mary Grant of Long Beach CA, SNAP Board Member 626 419 2930 cell
Peter Isely of Milwaukee WI, SNAP Board Member 414 429 7259 cell, 414 963 8617
Terri Light of San Francisco CA, SNAP Board Member 510 727 1872, 510 517 3338 cell
Mark Furnish of Albany NY, SNAP Board Member 518 366 5842 cell

CA SNAP Leaders:

Contact: Dan McNevin
Phone: 415 341 6417 (cell)
E-Mail: [email protected]

Contact: Ray Peltier
Phone: 408-205-0437
Email: [email protected]

Contact: Nancy Sloan
Phone: (707) 631-7654
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Mary Staggs Grant
Phone: (626) 419-2930 cell
E-mail: [email protected]

Bi-Lingual Contact: Rita Milla Habla Español !
En Espanol Llame a Rita Milla @ (310) 834-7033
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact for those Abused as Adults: Kevin M.
Phone: 818-980-9376
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Mary Ferrell
Phone: (626) 835-9066
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Sandy Graves
Phone: (626) 835-9066
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Steven Sanchez, SNAP Facilitator
Phone: (818) 262-6540
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Manny Vega Habla Español !
Phone: (805) 207-9027
E-mail: [email protected]
News Story: LA Times, December 2002

Contact: Eric Barragan Habla Español !
Phone: 805-207-7424 (cell)
E-Mail: [email protected]

Contact: Joelle Casteix
Phone: (949) 322-7434
E-mail: [email protected]

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests