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Medley accused of covering up priests’ child abuse

The Survivors Network of Victims Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a press conference in Owensboro on Friday to reveal the details of a formal complaint against Diocese of Owensboro Bishop William Medley. The 10-page complaint argues Medley covered up the abuse of children by assigning at least one priest with credible allegations of sexual abuse to a parish where children were expected to be less present.

Two Buffalo Priests Reassigned Despite Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Two priests in the Diocese of Buffalo who had previously been removed from ministry for “unwanted sexual advances” towards adult parishioners have been reassigned, leading to outrage from area parishioners.

Churches ask congregants to “sign away” their legal rights

Church members are prohibited from suing church officials, according to contracts that some large Protestant churches are asking congregants to sign. These contracts – often called ‘covenants’ – are dangerous documents that will make it even harder to expose church staff who commit or conceal crimes like sexual abuse.

Diocese of Greensburg Hides Second Accusation Against Msgr. Michael Matusak

A Pennsylvania bishop has reportedly kept hidden a second abuse report against one of his priests. We call on the prelate to learn from this serious mistake, and to aggressively seek out other victims who may still be suffering in shame and self-blame.

Child sex abuse survivor ‘outs’ an abusive priest

Child sex abuse survivor ‘outs’ an abusive priest She speaks publicly now for the first time Her alleged abuser is still in active ministry At least four other victims have come forward SNAP calls on Diocese of Fresno to “aggressively reach out” to other victims

Man files unusual formal complaint vs. bishop

Man files unusual formal complaint vs. bishop Bowling Green “cradle Catholic” worries about abuse Clergy sex victims enthusiastically endorse his effort They also want Owensboro ‘accused cleric’ list expanded SNAP: Local church official leave some alleged predators off Group divulges ‘two credibly accused’ priests who worked here SNAP: “They’re ‘under the radar’ & may have hurt local kids too” “Victims, witnesses should call KY state politicians,” group says

Victims blast Nashville Catholic bishop

Victims blast Nashville Catholic bishop Four clerics are left off ‘accused’ priest list Both were deemed ‘credibly accused’ by their bosses SNAP: “How many other predators are still being hidden?” Support group also wants Catholic high school field re-named It honors a church official who ‘ignored or hid’ abuse reports, man says Tennessee attorney general should investigate 3 dioceses, SNAP argues

Join us in Washington D.C. this July for the 2019 SNAP National Conference!

You won't want to miss this! The annual SNAP National Conference is your opportunity to connect with other survivors and advocates from around the country for a weekend of learning, healing and fun. This year's conference will be held from July 26-28 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel. Don't wait! Register for the conference today and be sure reserve your room at the Westin using our special discounted rate!

Stay tuned for more details included keynotes, workshop highlights, and more.

Take Action and 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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