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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, March 18, 2011

Scranton predator priest arrested; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, [email protected])

We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Ferrara will come forward, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Specifically, we hope they will contact independent sources of help, like police, prosecutors, therapists, loved ones or support groups like ours, instead of contacting church officials. When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers disclose to religious figures, that’s often when the cover up starts or intensifies. Child sex abuse is a crime, should be treated like a crime, and should be reported to law enforcement authorities, not church authorities.

(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 23 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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [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])


Little Meadows Man Arrested For Sexually Abusing Boy

By Matt Markham

Little Meadows Man Arrested For Sexually Abusing Boy

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A Little Meadows priest is under arrest for having sexual contact with a young boy.

Pennsylvania state police say Phillip Ferrara, 48, of Little Meadows asked a 14 year old boy to massage Ferrara's private parts with his feet.

The victim says it happened several times.

Ferrara is a Catholic priest at Our Lady Of Solitude Retreat Home in Little Meadows.

Ferrara is charged with Corruption of Minors, and Indecent Assault.

Ferrara is schedule to appear in Montrose District Court on March 21st.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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