SNAP Media Events

SC--State’s largest church loses three men

Two face recent charges of child sex crimes
 
The 3rd, the head pastor, was fired for “alcohol abuse”
 
Group urges “independent investigation” into “network”
 
“Independent churches are ripe for wrongdoing,” SNAP says
 
WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 
--blast officials at a state-wide mega-church where two volunteers were recently charged with abuse and the ‘founding pastor’ has been fired for “unfortunate choices and decisions,"
 
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes, cover ups or other misconduct there to call secular authorities, not church officials, and
 
--warn church-goers that abuse and cover up is sometimes more prevalent in independent mega-churches that are often started and dominated by powerful personalities and lack any real “checks and balances” that are usually found in more established denominations.

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GA--Victim of pedophile priest speaks for first time

Last month, man reached $4.5 million settlement

The convicted child molester now lives in Maryland

But he spent years in Georgia working in five towns

Group wants Savannah bishop to “do aggressive outreach

“With some effort, pedophile might be locked up again,” SNAP says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Georgia man who was repeatedly molested as a boy by the state’s most notorious pedophile priest will speak publicly for the first time about his experiences and his sizeable settlement last month with Savannah Catholic officials. He’ll be joined by his attorney.

And clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--blast Catholic officials in four states for their handling of the priest,

--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” so he might be prosecuted again, and

--beg anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered his crimes” to call police or prosecutors immediately.

 

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IL--Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

They predict: “Hastert will try to get out early

Group says “Give us more time to expose predators

It backs both new federal plan and state reform too

SNAP also honors one of Hastert’s victims who spoke up in court

WHAT:

Carrying signs and childhood photos, in the wake of Dennis Hastert’s imprisonment, abuse victims march through downtown Chicago and hold a news conference.

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MO--The 50th local St. L area abusive priest is sued

The 50th local St. Louis area abusive priest is sued

Cleric has never been accused or sued before

The victim, Tom Viviano, speaks publicly for 1st time

Two other priests, man says, saw but didn’t stop the crimes

SNAP to others: “Even if perpetrator is dead, it’s important to speak up

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse victim will speak for the first time publicly and disclose that

--his new child sex abuse and cover up case is being filed,

--it “outs” a never-before-accused local Catholic priest, and

--at least two other priests saw the abuse happened but did not stop it.

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