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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wisconsin Supreme Court Keeps Prominent Priest Locked Up

Statement by Barbara Blaine, president and founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

We are grateful that the Wisconsin Supreme Court is keeping Fr. Donald McGuire behind bars. He is an unrepentant, narcissistic, serial child predator who used his status as a Jesuit and Mother Teresa’s spiritual advisor to prey on unsuspecting families and kids.

This case should remind child sex abuse victims that even the most high profile, widely-respected and cunning child molesting cleric can sometimes be prosecuted and kept away from kids if only we are brave, patient and persistent.

And it should remind parents that child predators are often extraordinarily charming and charismatic, and usually the last people one would suspect of harboring such a horrific secret.

(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

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747 cell), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests