Update: CCR Client Under Attack by Catholic Church Lawyers

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, CCR’s client, is a survivor-led support group for clergy sex abuse victims that joined with CCR to urge the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute the Vatican for crimes against humanity, charging that Vatican officials tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world. Read today’s front page story in The New York Times detailing SNAP’s legal battle to hold off the Catholic Church’s efforts to gain access to their members’ personal information and stories.

“It was not a fishing expedition,” said David Clohessy, National Directof of SNAP. “It was a fishing, crabbing, shrimping, trash-collecting, draining the pond expedition. The real motive is to harass and discredit and bankrupt SNAP, while discouraging victims, witnesses, whistle-blowers, police, prosecutors and journalists from seeking our help.”

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November 13, 2013