TN- Abuse victims mourn Seigenthaler's passing

For immediate release: Monday, July 14, 2014

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

We in SNAP join hundreds of thousands of Americans in mourning the passing of a real hero, John Seigenthaler of Nashville. He quietly helped our group for years.

His most noteworthy achievements were in journalism and government, especially his courage during the civil rights movement. But behind-the-scenes, he was in touch with our organization’s leadership, both locally and nationally.

He was justifiably outraged by how Catholic officials acted – and still act – irresponsibly in child sex cases. And he listened patiently when we described our plight to him while also offering us helpful advice and information.

He will be sorely missed. 

(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 25 years and have more than 20,000 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 Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]

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