SNAP responds to Franciscan’s release of five priests accused of sexual misconduct

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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has responded to Franciscan University releasing a list of names of five priests accused of sexual misconduct. 

According to SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, “14 potential cases of unwelcome sexual contact against students by clergy were found.”

“Yet the names of only five offenders were belatedly released to the public. What gives?”, questioned Jones.

SNAP responded, saying, “It’s possible these five wrongdoers committed all of the 14 of the instances of ‘unwelcome sexual contact. That seems unlikely. It’s possible that the school knows, but is still hiding the names of more offenders.”

“University officials must clear this up immediately. And they must disclose the names of all who committed or concealed crimes or harassment, whether ordained or not, whether still on the school’s payroll or not.,” Jones added.

The organization went on, saying, “The report claims there were no instances found after 2013, which we find hard to believe. If true, that’s likely because victims of sexual violence and harassment usually take years to understand, acknowledge and act on their suffering. No one should assume that this centuries-old abusive behavior has somehow magically been ended in one year.”

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