Sex Abuse Victims Respond to Diocesan Disclosure about Delay

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

July 10, 2008

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director for a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

"It certainly didn't take six months to determine whether an child sex abuse report against Robichaud contained 'a semblance of truth.'

In those six months, we can just hope that Robichaud didn't molest a child, intimidate a witness, threaten a victim, destroy some evidence or hurt anyone in any way.

We also hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by any Catholic employee - current or former, alive or deceased - will come forward, call police and get help. When victims and witnesses speak up, there's a chance for prevention and healing. When victims and witnesses stay silent, nothing changes, abuse continues and kids suffer."


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