The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, October 4, 2010
Southeast Texas man says two Catholic priests molested him; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director 314 862 7688
We applaud this brave man who found the strength to disclose his suffering. We hope he realizes that his courage is safeguarding kids. We hope that anyone who has been harmed by these dangerous predators will come forward and begin healing. That anyone who saw or suspect misdeed by either Frs August Pucar or Roger Thibodeaux will contact law enforcement.
Catholic officials should use this opportunity to remind people that child predators rarely stop molesting and, in fact, often get more shrewd and cunning and effective over time, because they learn how to better pick kids who can’t tell or won’t be believed and how to better ‘explain away’ their suspicious behavior.
We hope that current and former church members and employees in each of the towns where Pucar and Thibodeaux worked will ask their loved ones if they have been hurt by them and, if so, will prod other victims to contact therapists, police, support groups and other independent sources of help.
(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 10,000 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, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests