Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, July 15, 2010

SNAP praises MA judge's ruling re Bishop Dupre deposition

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

History has shown, time and time again, that when Catholic bishops are able to secretly engage in wrongdoing about clergy sex abuse and cover ups, most of them do exactly that. By shining a public light on such misdeeds, we can hope that others who could commit, ignore or conceal such crimes might be deterred from such callousness and recklessness in the future.

We know that secrecy surrounding child sex crimes doesn't help. Maybe greater openness will.

Most child molesting clerics are personally charming and charismatic. Unless there's an admission or formal legal finding of guilt, many of these clerics are able to persuade at least a few parents that the charges against them are false.

Hopefully, the handful of Catholics who believe Dupre is innocent will be swayed by this videotape and begin keeping their children away from him.

(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)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests