Controversial Rally in Sioux City

KTIV [Sioux City IA]
March 21, 2004

A controversial rally was held in Sioux City Saturday, to help victims abused by catholic priests.

Representatives from various organizations were at the event, including SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

Barbara Blaine, founder and president of SNAP, and also a survivor spoke at the rally and hope to bring a SNAP organization to Sioux City.

"I believe that what we're offering is a gift to the church and because it's not easy for us to come forward, and when we do, we are actually exposing an evil that has festered for decades, said Blaine.

It was indeed a controversial occasion.

Event organizer James Goff made headlines after suing Sanford Center Director George Boykin for attempting to back out of a contract to hold the event at the center.

Boykin eventually decided to allow the rally to take place.

"I think Mr. Boykin was trying to protect his organization and theirs, I have no personal animosity towards him in that at all," expressed Goff.

Over fifty people attended the event, even more than organizers expected.

When asked about the rally, Sioux City diocese spokesman Jim Wharton had no comment.


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