Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, August 13, 2010

Judge lets DE pedophile priest cases move ahead; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

We’re ecstatic these courageous victims will finally get their long-overdue and sorely-needed ‘day in court.’ Shame on Catholic officials for trying to keep their suffering silent.

The church hierarchy offers the transparent guise of allegedly being concerned for other victims. It’s just not true. Their concern is for their own reputations and power, not for the well-being of those already victimized.

Hopefully now more complicit church employees, current and former, will be publicly exposed through evidence and testimony. As a result, Delaware families will be safer and future irresponsible and deceitful mismanagement of child sex cases will be deterred.

(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) Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests