Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2011

Victims applaud suspension of MA camp's accreditation

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 applaud the American Camp Association for this quick, decisive move. It will, we believe, help deter future recklessness and cover ups of child sex crimes and suspicions.

This is precisely the kind of action that is so rarely taken by church officials, especially Catholic officials, when child sex reports surface. Sadly, church hierarchies rarely punish wrongdoers - citing a woefully misguided understanding of 'forgiveness' - thus essentially endorsing and encouraging more wrongdoing.

At the same time, however, we're surprised that the ACA so rarely suspended accreditation. We hope the organization will consider this step more often as a means of prodding camp operators to take children's safety more seriously.

(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