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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Clergy sex victims applaud Scout abuse verdict

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790)

We commend this brave victim for seeking justice, exposing recklessness, enduring a trial and getting some validation. It takes real strength to go up against a powerful institution. We're grateful for Mr. Lewis’s courage and tenacity. And we're grateful this jury has chosen to speak loudly and clearly on behalf of those who usually can't speak for themselves: children.

We hope this verdict will prod others who were hurt in Scouting to come forward, get help expose predators, and start healing. We also hope it will send a powerful message to those heading organizations that deal with children: taking some action to safeguard kids isn't enough. It's your civic and moral duty to do everything you possibly can to screen out child molesters, train youngsters thoroughly, oust predators quickly, treat victims compassionately and call police immediately.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Oregon jury orders Boy Scouts to pay man $1.4M

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon jury on Tuesday found the Boy Scouts of America negligent for repeated sexual abuse by an assistant Scoutmaster in the 1980s and awarded the plaintiff $1.4 million.

The jury also decided the Scouts organization — based in Texas — was liable for punitive damages that will be decided in a separate phase of the trial. That would be in addition to the $1.4 million.

The lawsuit was filed by Kerry Lewis, a former Portland man, who was abused by assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes in the early 1980s.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jurors in Oregon have reached a verdict in a $29 million sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, but the judge has not yet announced what the jury has decided.

The judge's office called The Associated Press Tuesday morning to say the case has been decided.

The lawsuit was filed by a Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s.

The lawsuit claims the Boy Scouts were negligent for failing to take steps to prevent child sex abuse after keeping a secret list of suspected pedophiles for decades.

The Scouts claim the list helped them keep child molesters out of their ranks.

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