UK- Scottish commission to hear from abuse survivors, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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 Scottish commission set up to review the Catholic Church’s response to abuse allegations will hear from abuse victims. We are glad that the committee is giving a voice to victims, but further action is required.

The commission’s goal is not to investigate crimes, but to hear about the experiences of victims, in order to create a new policy. Working with survivors to create a better abuse policy is an important step for prevention. However, action is needed now to help already wounded victims and to prevent children from being abused today.

We hope that anyone who saw, suspects or suffered abuse will call police and that Catholic officials will be proactive and aggressively seek out victims and witnesses.

(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 15,000 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 (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, [email protected])

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