A " Most Wanted" Molester Is Caught; Bishop Should Do Outreach, SNAP Says

By Barbara Dorris
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
September 1, 2010

Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 312-503-0003 cell)

Arlington Catholic officials have taken the most minimal steps to help police find victims of this predator. They can, and should, do much more.

The bishop has a diocesan newspaper and website, along with dozens of staff and weekly parish bulletins. He should use his considerable resources to aggressively seek out others who may have been molested and may still be suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.

The principal has alumni mailing lists which should be used to reach out to anyone else who may have been hurt by Hamilton.

Often, when an accused child molester is caught, others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes often relax, assuming he'll be convicted and jailed. But many times, child predators hire top notch defense lawyers and exploit legal technicalities, escape responsibility, or get lenient sentences and walk free soon. It's crucial that anyone with information about Hamilton contact law enforcement immediately, so that he can be successfully prosecuted and so that kids can be better protected.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

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