Friday, September 6, 2013

Support group for clergy abuse victims to meet in Little Rock, talks about local case

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has announced it will hold a confidential supporting meeting next Wednesday at the downtown library. You can find more details here. The group emphasizes that, though the group name mentions priests, it is open to anyone harmed by a predator in an institutional setting.

The meeting precedes by less than a week Little Rock court dates in which SNAP has announced an interest. Kelly Ann O'Rourke, a former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher, is to appear in court Sept. 16 to answer a charge that she violated probation by continuing to attempt to contact a former student she sexually assaulted. Her former supervisor, Kathy Gene Griffin, is to appear in court the next day on a charge that she failed to report the abuse.

SNAP has written Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock and urged him to "aggressively" seek others who may have been victimized. SNAP wants Taylor to have the coming court hearings announced in churches this Sunday so that anyone else who might have information relating to those charged could come forward.

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