Priest abuse victim visits Lansing Catholic Diocese headquarters

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A man from St. Louis, Missouri made a stop at the Catholic Diocese of Lansing Wednesday. He’s an advocate for victims abused by priests and a victim himself. He’s making is way across Michigan spreading awareness.

David clohessy stood in front of the catholic diocese of lansing on Wednesday. All alone and while holding signs, he also held a news conference.  Clohessy is a volunteer for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP.

“We have several messages today,” said Clohessy. “First of all, our message would be to victims, which is simply come forward, get help”

He also mentions SNAP found three more accused priests who spent time in Lansing.

“The more information we have about them, the better we are able to protect our kids,” Clohessy.

SNAP wants Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea to permanently post the names, work history, current whereabouts and a photo of all accused church staff on the diocese website.
 
“There have been victims who have literally seen a priests photo and boom, the memory comes back, I was assaulted by that guy,” Clohessy added.

We reached out to the Lansing diocese who said, “The diocese of Lansing is presently compiling a list of clergy abusers. We will publish it once the list has been verified for completeness and accuracy.”

SNAP insists the real solution is criminal prosecution and legislative reform.

“The single most effective step lawmakers can take is to suspend the statute of limitations and say if you were abused,” Clohessy said. “Anywhere at anytime by anybody, you can now use the justice system to warm people about that predator.”  

Clohessy said he’s making several stops around michigan and even though a large crowd didn’t join him outside the diocese.. He believes it only takes one person to make a difference.

“If today we warn one parent about one dangerous priest and we save one child from this kind of trauma it’s so, so, so, worth it,” said Clohessy

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