Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Police seize church records, clergy sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 314-503-0003 cell or [email protected]

We applaud the Chilean police for taking action. It’s way too premature for anyone to even begin second-guessing police for their actions in trying to undercover child molesting clerics and complicit bishops.

Chilean citizens and Catholics should be praising and helping secular authorities who are finally taking action to safeguard vulnerable youngsters. It's the job of police to err on the side of gathering more evidence, not less.

Fr Karadim is an extremely powerful man. We are grateful to these four men who reported their abuse. We hope anyone else who was harmed by Karadim will come forward and begin healing. We also encourage anyone who has seen or suspected misdeeds by Karadim to contact law enforcement.

Now is the time to protect kids, help police, and stay open-minded, not undermine the independent professionals in law enforcement who have the expertise, objectivity and resources to make a huge difference in this decades-old but still on-going cover up of horrific clergy sex crimes.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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, 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