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Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

By MARC LEVY, AP News, August 17, 2018 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania’s that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York’s top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is exploring teaming up with the local district attorneys. The comments by the New York attorney general’s office Friday come on the heels of a sweeping grand jury report that also accused a succession of bishops and other church leaders of helping to keep quiet allegations against 300 “predator priests” who had victimized more than 1,000 children.    

TX--Survivors appalled: Why did Bishop Burns suppressed critical information about abuse of minors at St. Cecila parish for roughly 6 months?

Survivors appalled:  Why did Bishop Burns suppressed critical information about abuse of minors at St. Cecila parish for roughly 6 months? For immediate release, August 19, 2018 Statement by Lisa Kendzior, Volunteer Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network (817-773-5907,snapdfw@verizon.net) Bishop Edward Burns, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, failed to notify parishioners in a timely manner that their longtime pastor, Rev. Edmundo Paredes, was under investigation for molesting three teenage boys in the parish a decade ago.  Rev. Paredes has apparently fled the country, but the bishop doesn’t know his whereabouts. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2018/08/19/oak-cliff-priest-disappears-after-accusation-molested-three-teens-stole-st-cecilia-parish

Victims want local PA county prosecutors to take action on Catholic abuse

For immediate release, August 17, 2018 Statement by Tim Lennon, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org) Just this week, a grand jury concluded that thousands of clergy sex abuse victims in Pennsylvania have yet to come forward. And separately, a judge ruled that serial abuser Harvey Weinstein can be sued - through an innovative use of a federal sex-trafficking law - even though most of his alleged crimes fall outside the statute of limitations.  https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/14/entertainment/harvey-weinstein-kadian-noble-lawsuit/index.html

"DC Cardinal should resign," abuse victims say

"DC Cardinal should resign," abuse victims say They demand that he post names of accused clerics on church websites Group urges US Justice Department to investigate Catholic sex crimes & cover ups  And Washington church officials must stop blocking "sorely-needed state law reforms" WHAT Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy abuse survivors and their supporters will demand that Washington DC's top Catholic figure resign. They will also ask DC archdiocesan officials to: --Post the names of all the current and former accused child molesting clerics on church websites, and  --Stop lobbying against efforts to reform "archaic, predator-friendly state laws."

Scranton PA--Victims blast Catholic officials & prod prosecutors

Victims blast Scranton Catholic officials & prod prosecutors Victims blast Scranton Diocese Catholic officials They want "aggressive outreach" to "thousands in pain" And they insist police, prosecutors and lawmakers do more SNAP: Bishop must disclose & punish "enablers" who "ignored or hid" abuse WHAT:      Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk conference, clergy sex abuse survivors and advocates will call on  --Police throughout the diocese to make "repeated and aggressive public appeals" begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call law enforcement with suspicions or knowledge of abuse or cover ups. 

Greensburg PA--Victims blast Catholic officials & prod prosecutors

Victims blast Greensburg Diocese Catholic officials They want "aggressive outreach" to "thousands in pain" And they insist police, prosecutors and lawmakers do more SNAP: Bishop must disclose & punish "enablers" who "ignored or hid" abuse WHAT:      Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk conference, clergy sex abuse survivors and advocates will call on  --Police throughout the diocese to make "repeated and aggressive public appeals" begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call law enforcement with suspicions or knowledge of abuse or cover ups. 

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.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqhlYGkmcE8

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. We want to share with you some of the highlights of those evaluations.

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. The links for the videos are listed after the conference evaluation highlights.

Thank you,

The SNAP Conference Committee

Overall impression

  • Great, Wonderful, Excellent, Fantastic, Awesome
  • Moving in the right direction
  • Ecumenical
  • Supportive, Rewarding, Powerful
  • Very well put together
  • Great Speakers
  • Most Fun
  • Smaller numbers disappointing
  • Informative, Positive
  • Broad Scope of Speakers
  • Gave Great Hope and Gratitude
  • Thrilled to view on YouTube
  • Much better than last year

Most Helpful

  • Speakers-Victor Vieth, Tom Doyle, Guila Benchimol, Torah Bontrager, Ashley Easter, Chrissie Foster, B. A.
  • Breakouts- Kate Bochte, Bill Jenkins, Gong Wash Dr Marny Turvill
  • Interaction with other survivors
  • Meeting friends, making new ones
  • Survivors telling their stories
  • Strength of speakers
  • Relationships
  • Inspired by research and progress all over the world
  • Variety of breakout sessions
  • Feeling of being connected
  • It gave me Hope
  • YouTube Videos

One Thing to Change

  • More guidance and resources
  • Improve technical issues/power points
  • Longer breaks, shorter days, more days
  • Catering
  • Leadership connection with attendees
  • Less options on breakouts
  • First Timers’ Q & A session
  • More international speakers
  • Change SNAP name not food stamps
  • Longer Lunchtime
  • Better translators
  • Improve the live streaming

Watch the SNAP Conference Online!

Conference Video Links

Watch Time 474 hours, 2,201 views, 68 likes, 2 dislikes, 64 shares

Friday - Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda , International Panel https://youtu.be/v9HaESzra7A

Saturday - Victor Vieth  https://youtu.be/0jdCYDk8D3Y

Saturday - Tom Doyle, Michell Garabedian  https://youtu.be/04GO5O4pb8Y

Saturday – Torah Bontrager, Bishops Accountability https://youtu.be/UQbs58b1BG8

Saturday – Chrissie Foster https://youtu.be/BHt7zRIrQBg

Sunday – Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Founders Award, Tim Lennon  https://youtu.be/LN31lInu07Q

Happy Watching!

 

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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.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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