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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lawyers to announce wrongful death suit against Archdiocese; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

We have heard of hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims who have been overcome by their pain and ended their own lives. It's beyond heartbreaking. We grieve deeply for the loved ones left behind. And we applaud those spouses and parents who are strong enough to take legal action against the predator priests and corrupt bishops who commit, conceal and ignore horrific child sex crimes.

We hope this lawsuit will bring some sorely-needed, long-overdue comfort to the suffering relatives of this victim. And we hope it will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes into speaking up, taking action, exposing wrongdoers, and protecting kids.

(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])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests