Survivors network SNAP calls for other victims of abuse at hands of clergy to come forward
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
A group called SNAP -- The Survivors Network for People Abused by Priests is reacting to today's list of Catholic clergy involved in sexual misconduct that was released in Mobile.
The group is calling for people in all 50 states to write to their Attorney General to impanel a grand jury to look into the cases of sexual abuse further.
Tim Lennon has been outspoken for years with the group SNAP. The group offers counseling and monitors a database of priests and other clergy involved with abusing children.
We spoke to Lennon on the phone from his home in California, he says there was a legal motivation to release the latest list by the Mobile Archdiocese.
"They could have released the names a week ago, a month ago, a year ago, 10 years ago. the reason they are releasing it now is because the Pennsylvania grand jury exposed the widespread complicity of bishops,” said Lennon.
Lennon says he was abused by a parish priest at the age of 12 when he was growing up in Iowa. He says he hopes today's list with help other survivors cope.
"A survivor may say I'm not alone and this recognizes that the sexual abuse happens," said Lennon.