Knoxville Press Conference, 9:30 a.m., Thursday, 11/17/05
Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse will speak out "Breaking the Silence in Tennessee" exhibit
Case impacts the entire state with information on interstate trafficking of minors
All three Catholic dioceses guilty of coverup, SNAP says
Similar events to be held in Memphis and Nashville
At a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will unveil and stretch out a 40-foot long chain of silhouettes that represent the more than 100 victims of abusive Tennessee Catholic clergy. They will also discuss the following topics:
- Why has the secret list of sex-offending clergy not been released?
- Why the silence on the part of the Catholic Church in regard to its abusers?
- Does the public not have a right to know if sex-offending priests have been assigned in their vicinity?
- What is the extent of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in Tennessee?
Thursday, November 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Public sidewalk near the Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, 805 Northshore Drive Southwest, Knoxville, TN 37919 http://www.rememberthesurvivors.com/knoxpressconference.htm
A man was molested by a local priest when brought to Tennessee by another sex-offending priest. With them will be leaders and members of a support group called SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
SNAP leaders will reveal the details of the cover-up of clergy abuse across the state. Leaders will ask the church officials to release the secret list of pedophile priests. The church will be ask all three dioceses in Tennessee to cross-reference information and tell the truth to the people.
The silhouettes, dubbed the "Breaking the Silence Exhibit," will also travel to Memphis and Nashville. Most victims will be listed as John or Jane Doe, but their abusers' names will be very visible on the silhouettes. All clergy listed are known to church officials in Tennessee, but few have been publicly disclosed except through criminal or civil legal action.
(A video slide show is present on the front page of www.rememberthesurvivors.com )
Susan Vance, State Director of SNAP of Tennessee. 865-748-3518
Ann Brentwood, 865-607-6119
David Clohessy (St. Louis) SNAP national director 314 566 9790