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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, August 4, 2011

Abusive counselor sentenced; SNAP responds

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

Our hearts go out to Hargrave’s victim, and we wish her the best as she begins to heal. It takes extraordinary courage to speak up about abuse, especially when the abuser is an adult manipulating her role as a leader, counselor, and authority figure. We are glad that Hargrave is facing justice for her misdeeds.

It’s critical that anyone who suffers, sees, or suspects abuse report that information to police immediately. Many abuse victims try to seek justice and healing “in house” by going to school authorities or church authorities (in the case of clergy abuse). Sadly, this often results in crimes being covered up and victims being isolated.

(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])

Former Ascension Episcopal School counselor sentenced in federal sex crime case


First Posted: August 03, 2011 - 8:31 pm

Last Updated: August 03, 2011 - 8:32 pm

LAFAYETTE, La. — A 40-year-old former counselor at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for trying to entice a teen-aged girl to engage in criminal sexual activity.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik sentenced Allison Hargrave on Wednesday and ordered her to pay $279,454 in restitution to the victim. She faced up to life in prison.

Hargrave admitted having had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in late 2009 and early 2010. The then-high school freshman was being counseled by Hargrave when the alleged relationship began.

Finley says the case "reflects the serious consequences and fallout of individuals who sexually abuse minors."

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests