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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Suit Against Del. Pedophile Priest Dismissed; clergy sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-1688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

This is an outrageously callous ruling. Church officials conceal clergy sex crimes for decades and escape responsibility for devastating assaults on children. Yet one such victim doesn't move quickly enough over weeks or months and gets penalized.

When judges are so cold-hearted toward deeply wounded child sex abuse victims, it makes it much harder for others who were molested as kids to come forward, speak up, expose offenders, and protect others.

(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 globe. 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

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003)

Jun 1, 2010 10:37 am US/Eastern

Suit Against Del. Pedophile Priest Dismissed

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) ― A judge has dismissed a Delaware woman's lawsuit against a pedophile priest because she was slow to serve papers on him.

Judge Peggy Ableman last week granted the Rev. Charles Wiggins' request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a woman identified as Jane Doe.

In a lawsuit filed last year, Doe alleged that Wiggins sexually abused her in the 1980s when she attended St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, and that school officials deliberately failed to report the abuse.

But Ableman said Doe failed to serve papers on Wiggins within the required 120 days after filing the complaint.

Wiggins, who lives in Marcus Hook, Pa., was among 20 priests identified by the Diocese of Wilmington in 2006 as having substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.

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