January 10, 2005

Sex Abuse Victims Seek Disclosure Of Abusers' Names


POSTED: 5:48 pm EST January 10, 2005

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A national support group for victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is demanding that New Hampshire church leaders post the names of known and suspected molesters on the Internet.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, also want bishops to encourage more victims to come forward by visiting communities where abusive priests served.

The group on Monday presented its demands in Manchester -- including that bishops also lobby to eliminate the statute of limitations on reporting abuse -- to the Rev. Edward Arsenault, spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester.

The group is focused on New Hampshire Bishop John McCormack and four other former deputies of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in 2002.

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2005 06:03 PM