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Survivors Network For Those Abused By Priests Heads To Ascension Of Our Lord In Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A support group for individuals sexually abused by priests visited a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood where a priest was removed from service due to possible sexual misconduct.

“We want to help protect the vulnerable and to heal the wounded. We want to reach out to anyone else who may have been hurt to let them know it is safe to come forward and there is helping hand.”

David Lorenz is the Director of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. The organization met outside the Ascension of Our Lord Church in the 700 Block of East Westmorland Street to pass out fliers and to raise awareness about priest sex abuse.

“I would ask any parent in this neighborhood to ask their children even if that child is 40 or 50 years old,” says Lorenz.

Reverend Michael Chapman used to work at Ascension of Our Lord until he was temporarily removed from service following a Grand Jury report that identified the priest.

Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio.


    All Assembly And Senate Members:
    Trenton, New Jersey

    Senate Bill# S2405
    Assembly Bill# A3622

    The horrendous crime of Sexual Assault to a minor, is extremely real in our state of New Jersey. Over the last several years many advocates and supporters have come forward to address the injustice and constitutionality about laws that crime victims have had to unfairly face in New Jersey.
    The criminal law statute for sexual assault was changed in 1995. There is no criminal statute now and rightfully so, in New Jersey, for a victim from sexual assault, to file a criminal claim.
    However, just a few legislative sessions ago, Our New Jersey Government did away with another barrier sex crime victims have had in filing and prosecuting criminals that rape children. This was the amendment to a charity shield, called charitable immunity law, in New Jersey.
    This charity law was a bar for many claimants. However, a civil law statute expired for filing civil complaints, while waiting for that charity immunity law to be amended, like it was. With much angst to the fact that there has been no remedy in the ability to prosecute and punish certain known offenders within the Camden Diocese,
    I am a child sex crime victim that still has no legal representation in New Jersey, due to this statute in civil law under review. Attorneys wont file criminal complaints for me, because a civil complaints bar is still pending this legislation..
    To mention that the sex offenders that are not registered with the state, are also not removed from positions that endanger children. Also, there currently is still the inability to punish, rehabilitate or incarcerate these criminals, that statistically re-offend across the boarder. In addition, there is no legal authority to govern and/or enforce any civility over these criminals and institutions that have protected them.
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    These reported upon known offenders will be prosecuted and punished when the bars that have protected them, removed.
    While New Jersey has always been on the forefront for Child protection and advocacy, Our great state’s laws are missing a large target of criminals, that we as a governing body have the ability to resolve and amend these discrepancies, with this legislation.
    This is all so in the effort that our justice system and the agents available within it, are able to perform the civil service that sex crime victims should other wise expect from them and be entitled too.
    Thank you for voting this bill to the Budget and Appropriations Committee, a vote 9-0. If you have not voted for this bill yet or signed on to Co-Spenser, please join in. And when the bill comes to the Assembly and the Senate again, for the final vote, I hope you will have extended this invitation to colleges for voting in favor of this urgent and needed amendment to New Jersey Sex Crime Laws.

    Thank you,

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