Saturday, June 26, 2010

Clergy sex abuse victims respond to Austrian bishops' payment plan

Clergy sex abuse victims respond to Austrian bishops' payment plan

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president and founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

Austrian bishops are putting the cart before the horse. The first priority must be to protect kids who are vulnerable now from child molesting clerics who live and work among unsuspecting parents. Before even discussing compensation for adults already wounded, bishops should act to safeguard children at risk today.

Austrian secular authorities must also act. We hope they are inspired by yesterday’s raid by Belgium law enforcement, and will soon launch similar investigations of devastating child sex crimes and cover ups in Austria.

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