Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, May 20, 2011

Victims group urges Catholics to call police, prosecutors

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

We feel very sad for Kansas City Catholics whose trust in their church hierarchy has once again been betrayed by officials who evidently care more about their reputations than about public safety.

Even more, our hearts ache for these girls and their families. And we feel deeply sorry for current and former parishioners at each church where Fr. Ratigan worked.

Every person who spent time near Ratigan should talk with their kids about child porn and child sexual abuse. These are painful but crucial conversations. And anyone who saw, suspected or suffered anything inappropriate by Ratigan should find the courage to call police immediately, so that the investigation can quickly proceed and the wrongdoers can be severely punished.

(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