October 06, 2005

Group Targets Abuse


A national support group has targeted the Omaha archdiocese and Girls and Boys Town over the issue of alleged sexual abuse by priests. The group wants the church to encourage victims and witnesses to come forward.

The organization behind this is the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP.

SNAP leaders believe that if an abuse victim stays silent they can't heal.

A news conference on Thursday outside the offices of the archdiocese was designed to pressure Catholic leaders to be more open about past and, if any, future abuse allegations against priests.

A spokesperson for Girls and Boys Town says that organization is very pro-active, both with former and current residents.

Just three members of SNAP showed up for the sidewalk press conference but they say they carry the message of hundreds, perhaps thousands of others.

Posted by kshaw at October 6, 2005 07:30 PM