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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, June 27, 2011

Victim wins crucial decision in pedophile priest case; 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])

A Minnesota judge has ruled that a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a notorious predator priest (Fr. Thomas Adamson) and his Catholic supervisors (in the Twin Cities and Winona) can proceed.

We believe victims should have their day in court. We feel it's morally wrong for church officials to try to exploit archaic deadlines and legal technicalities to keep clergy sex crimes covered up.

Juries should be able to hear evidence about when and how victims are able to deal with their trauma. Victims should not be stopped from exposing predators, protecting kids and seeking justice by arbitrary time limits and self serving church officials who only want to protect their own reputations.

We commend this brave victim for persisting in his struggle to let the public know just how callous Catholic officials have been and can be regarding the safety of 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]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Bob Schwiderski 952-471-3422.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests