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Prominent Catholic Leader Calls for Grand Jury in Every State

Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke was appointed by the US Conference of Bishops to the original National Review Board in 2004. The Bishops reacted to the exposure of by the Boston Globe Spotlight Series demonstrating widespread and historic sexual abuse by clergy.
Now she call for civil grand juries in every state. "That's the only way I see something happening," she told National Catholic Reporter.
Officials in Pennsylvania said their investigation is not over. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office's hotline and email accounts for abuse survivors have "lit up" with 400 more calls since the grand jury report was published.

SNAP Calls for Action in Pennsylvania -- Monday, Aug. 20th and Tuesday, Aug. 21st

SNAP Calls for Action -- Monday, Aug. 20th and Tuesday, Aug. 21st

Apologies and gestures are meaningless with out action

Join us Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Allentown

Call to Action

We ask that you support these events in the six dioceses and attend the SNAP support groups.

The PA grand jury report has awoken many. It's a great opportunity for us to reach out to victims who may still be silent, isolated and ashamed. Let's help find these people and help them!
We urge you to please take these steps 
1. Call your local news media. Tell them you're a clergy sex abuse survivor & member of SNAP. And let them know you're willing and able to do interviews about the crisis in general and the grand jury report in particular. (IF you want to stay anonymous, they'll usually understand and accommodate you.)
2. Write comments under on-line articles about the scandal and/or short letters to the editor outlining what you think should be done now to help protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth. 

The Pennsylvania grand jury has world wide media attention and an outpouring of support from every sector and nation. 



PENNSYLVANIA Actions, Rallies, Support Groups 


Harrisburg PA    Becky Innai,  (703) 801-6044   SNAPvirginia@cox.net 

Press event

Monday, August 20th

12:30 pm

Diocese of Harrisburg offices

4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA.

Support meeting

August 20th

3-4:30 pm

McCormick Riverfront Library at 101 Walnut St, Harrisburg, PA 17101.


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Scranton PA   Tim Lennon, President, (415) 312-5820  tlennon@snapnetwork.org

Press event

Monday, August 20th

11 am

Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

Support Group

Monday, August 20th

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton PA 18509  


Allentown PA     Tim Lennon, President, (415) 312-5820  tlennon@snapnetwork.org

Press Event

Tuesday, August 21st

11 am

Cathedral of St Catharine of Siena, 1825 W Turner St, Allentown, PA 18104 

Support group

Tuesday, August 21st

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 


Pittsburgh PA   Judy Jones, snapjudy@gmail.com, (636) 433-2511

Press Event

Monday, August  20th

11 am
Pittsburgh diocese headquarters (chancery office), 111 Boulevard of the Allies (corner of Stanwix) in Pittsburgh, PA



Greensburg PA   Judy Jones, snapjudy@gmail.com, (636) 433-2511

Press Event

Monday, August 20th

1:30 pm
Greensburg diocese headquarters,  723 E Pittsburgh St, in Greensburg, PA
SNAP Support Group

Monday, August 20th

6-pm to 8-pm

Meeting at Carnegie Library-Southside Branch, Pittsburgh
2205 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA



Erie PA      Judy Jones, snapjudy@gmail.com, (636) 433-2511
Press Event

Tuesday, Aug 21st

11:30 am
Erie diocese chancery office, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd Erie, PA 
SNAP Support  Group

August 21st

6 pm to 8 pm

Public library -- Blasco Memorial Library
160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 

 


Further Support Available


SARCC (Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center) is a nonprofit providing no-cost counseling, support, and prevention education for sexual violence in Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties. 

717-270-6972 // 570-628-2965

aperrotto@sarcclebanon.org


KCIT (Keystone Crisis Intervention Team), a statewide group of volunteers that support victims and their communities after a criminal crisis.  KCIT is here to support the communities affected by the recent report.  We had provided support to churches after the Philadelphia report was released in 2013.

If you hear of any churches or communities group that may need help processing this or are holding an event that they need emotional support staff for, please let them know that KCIT is available, free of charge.  They can call and talk to me about their current needs at 1-855-767-5248.

Also, please let me know if there is anyway KCIT can support SNAP in this challenging time.  Thank you.

Michelle Kern, MA

KCIT Coordinator

Network of Victim Assistance

2370 York Rd., Suite B1

Jamison, PA 18929

(215) 343-6543

www.kcitpa.org 

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LINKS

RAINN.org  Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

D2L.org   Darkness to Light

http://together-we-heal.org/  Together We Heal

www.road-to-recovery.org  Road to Recovery

MaleSurvivor.org  MaleSurvivor

http://www.naasca.org/  National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

NetGRACE.org   Victims with the Protestant community

ECAGlobal.org   Ending Clergy Abuse (International Organization)  

Special note for special people:

BishopAccountability.org    Maintain database of known Catholic clergy abusers as well the

Historians of our movement.

AWRSipe.org  Books, articles, research on the foundation and scope of the sexual abuse of

children within the church. Richard Sipe, a warrior for survivors recently passed, he is mourned

by all who knew him. His life’s work gave authority to the harm we only knew ourselves.


SNAP fact sheet on innovative legal moves against Catholic wrongdoers

--A Massachusetts priest, Fr. James R. Porter, was successfully prosecuted after moving across state lines to Minnesota, using an obscure law that dated from the 1800s. (He was one of the nation's most prolific predators, with more than 100 victims, in Texas, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Minnesota.)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/1993_08_15_Newsweek_Priests_and.htm

--A Missouri priest, Fr. Thomas Graham, was convicted because then-Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce found and took advantage of an old and obscure legislative error. State lawmakers re-codified the criminal code and mistakenly did not include a statute of limitations on "crimes against nature." The next year, legislators corrected their mistake. But for that one year, Joyce successfully argued, the omission meant that offenders could still be charged decades later. (The state Supreme Court later reversed Graham's conviction, but the victim, Lyn Woolfolk, nonetheless felt validated. And through media coverage, Catholics learned more about abuse in the St. Louis archdiocese.)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_11_08_Patrick_MoHigh.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/03_04/2016_04_20_Joseph_Review_Notice_suspended.htm


Richard Sipe -- We lost a giant

Our movement has lost a giant. 
Precious few current and former church insiders have broken ranks, crossed sides, and actively helped abuse survivors. And virtually none who have bring as much experience and wisdom to the struggle as Richard. He's done so with a huge and generous heart and at great personal cost as well.
He has been a beacon of hope and source of support to thousands of wounded victims and betrayed Catholics, through his advocacy and his compassion. Richard's brilliance - in writings, depositions and court testimony - has helped many a prosecutor and civil attorney expose clerics who commit or conceal heinous child sex crimes, and has enabled many a juror better understand the byzantine structure of the church and the secretive self-dealing of Catholic officials. Richard spend decades doing research and interviews to better understand this on-going crisis and has used his impressive knowledge to help countless others focus on the root causes of abuses and cover ups.
David G. Clohessy

Evangelicals: The single most important change for #MeToo


Three alleged predators go to San Diego

By David Clohessy

It’s 23 degrees in St. Louis, the coldest day of winter so far. At times like this, my mind wanders to the hundreds of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests who’ve quietly been sent or moved to warmer clients.

 

Today, I think of two who are in San Diego and one who was arrested there:

 

--Fr. Denis Heames of Saginaw now works for San Diego lawyer Richard McEntyre (619-221-0279). He claims, on his Linked In page, that he moved to California for "family" reasons. But Fr. Heames makes no mention of the pending lawsuit against him which says he sexually exploited a 22 year old student who worked under him. Nor does he mention the findings by officials at Central Michigan University that he sexually harassed that brave young woman,

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/01_02/2016_02_15_Sydney_Life_Internal_sexually.htm

https://www.linkedin.com/in/denis-heames-9a9736122


The Altoona grand jury report in a nutshell

By David Clohessy

Most folks won’t wade through all 147 pages of the new grand jury report disclosing rampant child sex abuse and cover ups in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. So here, in our view, is the shortest, clearest summary of the most alarming and recent wrongdoing it contains.

In short, the report shows that diocesan abuse deceit is continuing. Here’s how PennLive reported it:


A priest on his way to breaking an abuse record

By David Clohessy

It seemed like a one of those sports records that would never be broken. But given what’s just happened, Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul could surpass Fr. Norman Rogge in the annals of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Rogge is the only priest, as best we can tell, who was put back into ministry twice, after two child sex abuse convictions.

Jeyapaul is half way to equaling this achievement. He’s just been convicted once. But last week, we learned that Vatican officials lifted Jeyapaul’s suspension and his bishop plans to reassign him soon.

This is no joke. This is really happening. In 2016. With the Vatican’s OK.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/victims-group-protests-reinstatement-jeyapaul


Proof, in 2 sentences, that church abuse policies are worthless

By David Clohessy

2010: 

Indian Catholic Bishops Draft 'Zero Tolerance' Abuses Policy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/30/indian-catholic-bishops-d_n_559299.html

2016:

Indian bishop lifts convicted priest's suspension

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-bishop-lifts-convicted-priests-suspension/75204


What a week! Ten outreach events in five days in nine states!

By David Clohessy

On Sunday in Georgia, we leafletted a church about pedophile priests. (Thanks Barb!)

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ga_snap_church_staff_should_protect_kids_by_publicizing_new_legal_option


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