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November 13, 2012

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Judy Jones

Statement by Nicky Davis, SNAP Sydney Leader, nicky@nickydavis.com.au, (+61 422 538 440)

For immediate release Monday, November 13

We applaud Prime Minister Julia Gillard for this move, but caution that this is only a first step. Aggressive investigation of all clergy sex crimes and cover ups by institutional leaders, church officials and law enforcement - regardless of when they happened or where the wrongdoers are now - must happen simultaneously. Particular focus should be on religious orders which often hide and transfer predator priests even more often and more effectively than bishops do.

Regardless of how this governmental inquiry proceeds, it's imperative that victims, witnesses and whistleblowers continue to find the courage and strength to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and begin healing.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 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 and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688, 314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com,

dh

This is what's so awesome about FM. I was reading about this in two of the major city newspapers in the U.S. Except the Jewish community wasn't mentioned in either one. I'm tired, so maybe I missed something, but if it wasn't here I wouldn't know.

Steven

In Australia, a Royal Commission is as high as you can go.

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