Six Pedophile Priest Victims Settle; SNAP Responds
December 12, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Six clergy sex abuse victims have settled their civil cases against the Beaumont Catholic diocese.
We hope this settlement comforts at least some of the many families who have suffered and are suffering because Catholic officials kept Fr. Ronald Bollich on the job knowing he had molested young boys.
At the same time, however, no single event can magically erase decades of pain. So we strongly urge these victims to continue in therapy, twelve step programs and support groups. Long after the checks are cut and the public forgets about these cases, these deeply wounded victims will likely still need help coping with the often life-altering impact of horrific childhood betrayal.
We also hope this settlement will encourage others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, expose predators, protect kids and start healing. Itís always tempting to keep quiet about child sex crimes Ė whether known or suspected. However, itís also always irresponsible. Kids are only safe when adults are brave and caring enough to speak up.