Sex Abuse Victims' Group to Meet with Lennon
Group Wants Lennon to Make Policy Changes

WCVB-TV 5 [Boston MA]
Downloaded March 29, 2003

BOSTON -- Representatives of a sex abuse victims support group are set to meet with Bishop Richard Lennon Friday for the first time since he was appointed to lead the Boston Archdiocese.

Anne Hagan Webb of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said she wishes Lennon had met with them months ago, when they first requested a meeting.

She said she's still waiting to see if Lennon will fulfill his vow to make reconciliation with sex abuse victims a priority.

Webb said she was encouraged that Lennon had met with individual victims of abuse, but said he hasn't made key policy changes that are necessary.

She said SNAP plans to ask Lennon to instruct church lawyers to back off hardball legal tactics in civil suits. It will also ask Lennon to advocate changes in law that impose a statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.


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