ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Sept. 25, 2019
Two of them rebuff church-run plans
“If you care, why the unfair deadline?” they ask
SNAP: “Don’t make survivors sign away legal rights!”
It’s a scheme to make sure “cover ups stay covered up,” victims say
Bishops’ program “endangers kids but protects prelates,” SNAP charges
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, two clergy sex abuse victims
— announce they will NOT participate in any church-run ‘victim pay off plan’ and
— charge that the plan is intended to safeguard bishops’ careers, not kids.
Other survivors and their supporters will urge San Diego’s bishop to stop insisting that victims who want help from the church
–sign away their legal rights to file abuse and cover up lawsuits, and
–met a “rigid, self-serving church deadline” to get help.
The group will also
–prod San Diego church officials to expand their official “credibly accused” clergy list to include other categories of church staff,
–urge anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” abuse to call the state attorney general, and
–beg “victims who are still suffering in shame and silence” to “speak up and start healing.”
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 a.m.
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