February 23, 2006

SNAP: How Does Support Group Check Out Allegations Of Clergy Abuse?


created: 2/22/2006 10:14:36 PM
updated: 2/22/2006 11:02:35 PM

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, has spoken out on behalf of many plaintiffs suing priests for sex abuse. Because those allegations can ruin a person's reputation we asked the national director how SNAP determines what makes an accusation credible.

David Clohessy explains, "We are a 17 year old self help group for men and women abused by clergy. We basically have 2 mission. One is to help heal the wounded. A second is to help protect the vulnerable."

Since the sex abuse scandal broke 4 years ago in the Catholic Church, SNAP has called many press conferences to single out priests accused of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Many allegations, including the latest involving Father Robert Osborne from Vianney, are revealed publicly by SNAP before prosecutors determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 08:25 AM