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Time for a federal commission on sex abuse of children | Opinion

Arthur McCaffrey, For the Inquirer, September 18, 2018 Earlier this month, the New York attorney general initiated a criminal inquiry into clergy abuse of children in all the Catholic dioceses in New York state. This came fast on the heels of Pennsylvania's statewide grand jury investigation of Catholic clergy abuse, which was reported out by Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Aug. 14, exposing at least 1,000 cases of child abuse over a 70-year period. New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Missouri have similar criminal investigations underway. This follows previous inquiries in other states.

SNAP reacts to publication of list of credibly accused clergy in Indiana

For immediate release, September 19, 2018 Statement by Becky Ianni, SNAP Board Treasurer, 703-801-6044,  Yesterday the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend published the names of priests and deacons who have been "credibly accused" of the sexual abuse of minors in that diocese.

Father calls for the protection of children, LDS responds with Excommunication

For immediate release, September 17, 2018 Statement by Judy Larson, Volunteer Vice-President of SNAP and SNAP Utah Leader, 801-831-5277, Sam Young,  founder of Protect LDS Children, raised objections to his Church's practice of questioning children alone, behind closed doors, particularly since some of those children were targeted with sexually explicit questions. Four of Sam's six daughters were subjected to this practice, which is why he became an activist. The LDS Church responded by excommunicating Sam on Sunday.

New St. Louis "predator" priests outed; SNAP prods MO AG Hawley

Nine new "predator" priests are "outed" All were sent here after being accused in Pennsylvania Group pushes AG Hawley to delay and expand  his abuse inquiry "Make no announcement until after election day," victims urge Otherwise, probe will be "politicized" and "hurtful," they argue WHAT  Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will  --disclose the names of nine priests named in a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report who were sent to St. Louis after having been accused of child sex crimes, and --hand deliver a letter urging Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to both delay and expand his clergy sex abuse inquiry.  

Abuse victims want statewide AG probe of California Catholic Church

Abuse victims want statewide AG probe of California Catholic Church They also urge police and prosecutors at local levels to "be more aggressive" Roughly 500 priests in the state have been accused of hurting kids, but statistics indicate there should be 2000 or more The San Diego Diocese recently admitted it hid files on at least 8 clergymen – including a man who is still running religious retreats out of Sacramento At least one accused priest was shuffled out of California and first publicly identified in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Another clergyman with multiple allegations in the Keystone State was moved to California and worked for years in parishes in this state “Law enforcement must do more,” survivors group says, “if children are to be better protected”  

Survivors Call Upon Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Pass a Window for Justice in Pennsylvania

PRESS ADVISORY September 10, 2018   Contact:  Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, CEO, CHILD USA, 215-353-8984, Alix Boren, Esq., Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, Michael McDonnell, SNAP, Philadelphia, 267-261-0578, Vinka Jackson, 470-464-0779,  Jessica Howard, 904-314-8764,  Sarah Klein, 646-335-3385,    Larry Nassar Survivors Join CHILD USA and SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Hold Press Conference to Call Upon Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Pass a Window for Justice in Pennsylvania  WHERE:         601 S. Henderson Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406   DATE:            September 11, 2018 TIME:            11:30 a.m.  

We Honor Richard Sipe and Mourn His Passing

Another warrior has fallen. 

Sadly, A.W. Richard Sipe passed away on August 8th. He was a courageous soul who did battle with the ignorance, arrogance, and mindless authoritarianism of the largest institution in the world, the Roman Catholic Church. He engaged with passion and argued with facts and research. He stood alongside survivors and fought with us and for us. He was a comrade in arms, linked to all of us.

Richard Sipe

Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Richard recognized his heroism and courage, which may not be apparent to those on the outside. We shall carry our warm memories forward and keep them close. Richard was indeed a hero, and his bravery will inspire us as we continue to move forward. He will be sorely missed.

We here at SNAP honor A. W. Richard Sipe and mourn his passing.

SNAP Board of Directors

Richard spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest and trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of priests. He conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. He served as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Richard is known internationally for his many books and studies. 

Here, Richard and Phil Saviano discuss the church's response to allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.

Richard has four books on SNAP's recommended reading list: Courage At Three AM, Sex, Priests and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis, Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse, and Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited


2018 SNAP Conference in Chicago

The conference was a great success and we really appreciate your feedback. SNAP will strive to make next year’s conference even better using the information that you shared with us. 

This was the first year that we lived streamed the conference. We experienced some technical difficulties that we will work to correct before next year’s conference. 

SNAP Conference Committee

Watch the SNAP Conference Online!

Conference Video Links

Friday - Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda , International Panel

Saturday - Victor Vieth

Saturday - Tom Doyle, Michell Garabedian

Saturday – Torah Bontrager, Bishops Accountability

Saturday – Chrissie Foster

Sunday – Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Founders Award, Tim Lennon

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Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

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