SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [Chicago IL]
October 18, 2022
By Janet Klinger
Nassau County jurors awarded $30 million to a man who claimed he was sexually molested as a child by his fifth-grade teacher in Rockville Centre decades ago.
We applaud Michael Malvin, the victim who bravely shared his truth for justice. We hope this result brings him some sorely needed and long-overdue comfort and closure. There is no doubt he has inspired others. We also hope this encourages other victims seeking justice to stay the course and hold those responsible, accountable for their grievous actions.
During the trial, Mr. Malvin told the jury that David Savage molested him three times beginning in 1979 when he was ten years old. It lasted until 1983, according to Malvin. Malvin agreed to be recognized by his lawyer.
To us, the resolve, in this case, shows how victims’ voices can stand up against the odds. This case would not be possible if were not for the incredible work of survivors, advocates, and organizations who helped push the Child Victims Act across the finish line in New York.
We hope this verdict sends a clear message to those violators who escaped criminal justice and the organizations who enabled them, to be aware that the cost of abuse will be placed back on those who committed the act and to those who turned a blind eye.
CONTACT: Janet Klinger, SNAP Long Island (email@example.com), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org, 267-261-0578)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)