Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, May 9, 2011

Victims blast hospital for "disingenuous" claim

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

Were it not so callous, it would be laughable for hospital officials to claim that they have “proven” that Dr. Reardon “deceived” everyone, including them. This might make sense had jurors found the hospital innocent of ignoring or concealing Reardon’s thousands of child sex crimes. But this didn’t happen.

Instead, at the 11th hour, terrified of a potentially harsh verdict from jurors, hospital officials opted to settle dozens of child sex abuse and cover up cases. If they were confident they’d “proven” no one knew of Reardon’s crimes, they would have let the jury issue a verdict. But they knew that considerable evidence strongly suggested recklessness by top hospital staff. So the hospital decided to “play it safe” and settle. Yet they want to have their cake and eat it too – paying victims yet claiming innocence.

To bluster and posture, at a moment like this, pledging to “prove” again that they were fooled by Reardon - in a warning to other victims - adds insult to injury.

(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