UK- Jehovah's Witness victim abused by confident
For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A victim abused by a Jehovah’s Witness elder was later abused by the man she confided in. Our hearts ache for this victim and we applaud her courage in speaking out.
We hope that the perpetrators in this case are held accountable for their horrendous crimes and that law enforcement investigates anyone who may have helped cover-up this abuse.
We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered child sexual abuse to gain courage from this brave woman and report to police and start healing.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)