Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Speak Out Against Hartford’s Archbishop

By Mike Krafcik

September 18, 2014

HARTFORD– An organization made up of people who were abused by priests spoke out in the capital city today.

They gathered because of unrest over recent actions of Hartford’s Catholic Archdiocese.

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Some of SNAP’s volunteer leaders have come together for a project-specific Indiegogo campaign. They are raising the money to send 2 leaders to 3 cities to train other survivors to set up and grow support groups. It’s a small project, but will have a HUGE impact on survivors in the cities where new groups are formed.

SNAP 25th anniversary conference in Chicago

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The privacy and free speech of victims and SNAP are being attacked by lawyers for predators and their enablers. Details available here.

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Media Statements

IL- Detailed SNAP statement re Cupich's abuse track record

For immediate release: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Statement by Kate Bochte, SNAP leader, 630-768-1860,

Many commentators are stressing that Cupich is perceived as a “moderate” in terms of his theology, philosophy or behavior. It's important to remember, however, that Catholic officials of all stripes have concealed - and often are still concealing – awful crimes against children. “Left wing,” “right wing” and “centrist” bishops deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups in remarkably similar ways. On this continuing crisis in the church, it's irresponsible to assume that Cupich will be any better than George. Prudent people will remain skeptical and let Cupich hopefully prove, through his deeds (not his words) that he is committed to the safety of children.   

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IL- Victims worry about new head of Chicago Archdiocese

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Statement by Kate Bochte, SNAP leader, 630-768-1860,

We hope that Chicago's next Catholic Archbishop will do more to prevent future clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. But we're not optimistic. Pope Francis, like his predecessors, keeps promoting bishops who have concealed or are concealing heinous sexual violence against kids. Cupich is another prelate like this.

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Mexico- Runaway priest sued for abuse, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (, 949.322.7434 cell)

It is shocking and upsetting to learn that credibly accused child predator Roberto Peguero Hernandez is still living and working as a priest in Mexico. Not only has he been named as an abuser by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but he was allowed to escape the country when police in Santa Paula learned about the allegations.

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CT- Archbishop Blair's terrible record on clergy sex crimes and cover ups

1) Blair spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars to deny victims of child sexual abuse the ability to expose child molesters in court.

 As a result, hundreds of child predators remain “under the radar” and walking freely in Ohio.

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Latest ICC Filing Update

On April 11, 2012, SNAP and CCR update the ICC filing with new developments and supplemental evidence. You can read the new filing here.

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