Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
NY Court Ruling
July 8, 2005
Statement by Barbara Blaine of
SNAP president and founder
312 399 4747
"We're thrilled New York's highest court has taken this step, although
at the same time, we're always saddened when church officials try to evade
responsibility by using legal technicallities like the statute of limitations
to protect sexual predators.
We are hopeful because all across the country, judges and juries and lawmakers
are making it less difficult, not more difficult, for victims of sexual
violence to seek justice and expose the truth through the time-tested
American judicial system.
Most abuse victims don't come forward sooner because they can't. It usually
takes years, if not decades, before victims realize they've been hurt,
the harm is severe, the effects are on-going, and that they have legal
options. It usually takes years and years of failed drug rehab or sabotaged
relationships or DUI convictions or debilitating mental illness before
victims of traumatic childhood sex crimes can understand that they've
been and remain deeply wounded. Thankfully, gradually, courts across America
are realizing this tragic reality and giving victims the chance to expose
dangerous predators in open, impartial proceedings.
This decision is one more small step forward in a couragous and painstaking
march toward justice for victims and protection for children."
For more information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP Founder and President (312) 399 4747 cell
of those Abused by Priests