The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Clergy sex victims blast LA archdiocese on settlement anniversary
Statement by Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434 cell, [email protected])
Three years ago today, more than five hundred deeply wounded clergy sex abuse victims settled with the Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese.
A key part of that agreement was the release of thousands of pages of long-secret church records that would shed light on the cover up of clergy sex crimes by top archdiocesan staff. Most victims wanted to do everything possible to expose high-ranking church officials who ignored or concealed child felonies.
But three years later, defense lawyers for church staff are still fighting tooth and nail to keep these crucial documents hidden and protect the reputations of corrupt men who were and are on the archdiocesan payroll.
When Catholic officials - in Los Angeles, Rome and elsewhere - claim they're now "open and transparent" about clergy sex cases, let's remember these hundreds of brave California abuse victims who worked hard to expose church complicity and are still being betrayed, even now, by Catholic clerics.
(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. 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747 Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests