SNAP Media Events

NY--Victims to Dolan’s Fund Manager: Let us work with you

Victims to Dolan’s Fund Manager: Let us work with you

Survivors need to be a part of Phase Two plan

Payouts are “hush money” without secret files

Make public reporting protocols, evidence

Let’s partner for public safety, healing, group says

What:

At a press conference, the nation’s largest support group for clergy sex abuse victims will hand deliver a letter to Cardinal Dolan forDolan’s head of his Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan. The letter asks that Feinberg:

- Make survivors partners in the compensation plan moving forward

- Gain access to secret church evidence and files when reviewing cases

- Make public his criminal reporting protocols

- Release names of predators, as Dolan has promised

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Victims to leaflet Savanna neighborhood where accused molester/Paula Deen's brother-in-law lived

Victims to leaflet Savanna neighborhood where accused molester/Paula Deen's brother-in-law lived

Accused of drugging, abusing boy for years, then

He killed himself after named in sex abuse lawsuit

It is safe and right to talk about abuse, leaflet says

We fear there may be other victims, group believes

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CA--Group wants Sac area official disciplined

Group wants Sac area official disciplined

In legal filing, he attacks & blames childhood sex abuse victim 

Crimes by adult on 13 year old were “consensual,” say Scout staffers

Abuse group: “It’s a deplorable, chilling & maybe illegal defense strategy

“Any sexual contact between adult and child is a always criminal,” victims say

SNAP: “An organization that supposedly values loyalty throws a teen under the bus

Support group fears Scout’s legal move “discourages other abuse victims from speaking up

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IL-- New “alarming” clergy sex abuse suit filed

New “alarming” clergy sex abuse suit filed

It says minister repeatedly sexually assaulted congregant

Pastor called accuser “a witch” and “a prostitute

He allegedly excommunicated her and her family when she wouldn’t submit to his assaults

His son reportedly witnessed one attack, lawsuit charges

Support group urges others with info to “come forward, get help”    

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KY--Victims want archbishop to do “outreach”

Victims want archbishop to do “outreach”

Just-convicted priest still faces sentencing

SNAP: “Judge should know of all who’ve been hurt”

Group also wants info on imprisoned abusive seminarian

Would-be cleric studied at an undisclosed Catholic college

Group appeals for ‘help & honesty’ from all four KY prelates

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will prod Louisville’s top Catholic official to 
-- try to find others who were hurt by a just-convicted priest, and
-- tell local church staff and members to NOT push for a light sentence for the offender. 

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MO--Wrongful death lawsuit vs. archdiocese settles; SNAP news conf. 11:15 a.m.

Wrongful death suit vs. archdiocese settles

Parents of young man who died by suicide to speak for 1st time

His death led to first “assisted suicide” trial in MO in 100 years

Abusive cleric was convicted of molesting another boy & did jail time

Now defrocked, he lives in St. Charles Co. and is reportedly married

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, parents of a young St. Louis man who died by suicide will speak for the first time about 

--his tragic death and 

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TX--Victims oppose archbishop’s pending promotion

Victims to leaflet outside Catholic church

The pastor was accused of molesting a boy

And they oppose archbishop’s pending promotion

Soon, it’s likely he will become head of all US prelates

But group says DiNardo should “withdraw from the race & stay home

SNAP: “For kids’ safety & victims’ healing, he should work on prevention here

WHAT

Handing out fliers to church-goers as they leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Houston’s top Catholic official to

--end his campaign to become head of all US bishops next week, and

--post names, photos & records of ALL predator priests (not just the ones who are sued), and

-- do the same with religious order clerics, so that kids can be protected and victims can heal.

They will also urge

--parishioners to be careful around their pastor who was accused of molesting a boy and

--anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Houston clerics to “come forward, protect kids, expose secrets, deter wrongdoing and start healing” by calling independent sources of help (therapists, police prosecutors, support groups), NOT church officials.

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CO--Victims blast archbishop & leaflet downtown church today

Victims blast past Denver archbishop

Church officials keep quiet about cult-like group here

Its founder abused kids in Peru & others allegedly did so too

SNAP members will hand out leaflets to Cathedral mass-goers

Several members with the controversial group are now in Sheridan

And the widely-criticized organization has run a local retreat center

Advocates ask Catholic staffers to “disclose predators & warn flock

 

WHAT: Handing leaflets to parishioners as they arrive for mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Colorado’s top Catholic officials to:

–– “come clean” about their support for a controversial, ultra-conservative Catholic cult-like group whose founder is a confirmed child molester (and seven other officials are accused of wrongdoing),

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CA-–Sex offender returned to ministry by Antiochian Orthodox Church

Bishop pleaded guilty to groping a woman in a Michigan casino in 2004

Cleric spent time in jail and was on the sex offender registry

Retired after his conviction, the head of the Antiochians recently appointed him to lead the Diocese of Los Angeles

A victims’ group condemns this action, calling it “unbelievable, dangerous and callous”

 

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, sex abuse victims and their supporters will hold a press conference outside the cathedral of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to:

-- publicize the recent appointment of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury to assist Metropolitan Joseph G. Al-Zehlaoui in the administration of the diocese,

-- provide information about Khoury’s 2003 arrest, and subsequent 2004 conviction and sentence, and

-- blast the Church for making such a misguided decision and placing women and girls at risk.

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PA--Victims blast Philly archbishop

Victims blast Philly archbishop

He brings controversial group here

Its founder & his top aide abused kids

Several with the order are now in Philly parish

Advocates say Chaput “must denounce predators”

SNAP also charges “Pope’s visit last year changed nothing”

Local Catholic officials “ignore Francis’ pledges,” victims allege

Pontiff said ‘enablers’ would be ‘held accountable’ but they aren’t, SNAP feels

 

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Philly’s top Catholic officials to:

  • “come clean” about importing a controversial, ultra-conservative Catholic cult-like order (Sodalitium Christianae Vitae) whose founder is a confirmed child molester,
  • stop promoting the order and start warning other US bishops about it, and
  • act on the promises Pope Francis made in Philly a year ago by exposing and disciplining even a few priests who hid or ignored child sex crimes, and disclose more about clergy sex abuse cases.
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IL--Belleville priest sued for abuse for first time

Belleville priest sued for abuse for first time

Cleric is still head of a parish in Waterloo now

He sexually exploited a vulnerable counselee

And he admitted to her other violations of his vows

With his help, she was a new convert to Catholicism

He’s one of more than a dozen African priests in diocese

Victim is revealing her name and issuing a public statement

SNAP: “For the safety of parishioners & the public,” cleric should be suspended

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 
--disclose that a new abuse and cover up lawsuit is being filed against a Belleville Catholic priest and his church supervisors,

--provide his photo and work history and

--urge Belleville’s bishop to suspend the priest.

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NY--Group to victims: “Careful with Cardinal’s plan”

Group to victims: “Careful with Cardinal’s plan

Advocates feel it’s designed “to keep cover ups covered up

Instead, they push for a new church whistleblower reward fund

And Dolan should not ask victims to give up their legal rights, they say   

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NJ--Walk and rally held today on child sex laws

For immediate release: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Walk & rally held today on child sex laws

Victims want statute of limitations reformed

In 3 states, group wants “better child safety laws”

Legislation has been introduced in NJ, PA & NY

 

NJ State Senator will also address the group in Trenton

A walk through Trenton and a rally at the State House will be held today calling for legislators in three states to reform statutes of limitations to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to “help protect kids, expose predators, deter cover ups and heal victims” in both the criminal and civil courts.

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CA--Catholic teacher arrested for sexual abuse

Victim’s group: “Bishop must do outreach now”

SNAP: “others may be suffering alone and in silence”

First court appearance for the accused is September 19th 

Survivors also urge officials to teach kids that women can be predators too

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

-- discuss the case of a newly-arrested abusive school teacher,

-- stress the likelihood that she may have hurt kids at TWO schools, not just one,

They will also beg Catholic and school officials to

-- educate kids and parents that women abuse too,

--“reach out to girls who may still be suffering alone and in silence,”

-- use their resources to beg those who may have experienced, witnessed or suspected abuse by this teacher to come forward, and

-- “come clean” to law enforcement investigators about any prior allegations of inappropriate behavior with students in the interest of public safety.

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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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