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IL Victims to leaflet at Orthodox cathedral, Chicago

Victims to leaflet at Orthodox cathedral

 

Seminarian charged with soliciting sex with a minor

 

SNAP: “Church officials should reach out to others in pain

 

They ask parishioners to prod clerics to take “effective child safety steps

 

WHAT

After a church service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets to parishioners begging them to:

--urge their church officials to reach out to all parishes and institutions where an arrested seminarian worked, and

--beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to contact the police;

They will also

--insist that church officials run criminal background checks on all clergy, seminarians, and employees or volunteers who work with kids,

--immediately report allegations of criminal behavior to the police; and

--publicize and simplify procedures for reporting clergy sex crimes.

 

WHEN

Sunday, December 14, 11:45 a.m.

 

WHERE

Outside Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive (near corner of W. Seminole Road), Chicago

 

WHO

Three victims of clergy sex crimes and supporters who belong to an international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including the organization’s founder and president

 

WHY

Dario Spasic, a seminary student from Saint Savas School of Theology in Libertyville, was arrested in September and charged with soliciting a minor for sex.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/libertyville/chi-seminary-student-child-solicitation-20140922-story.html

 

The school is located on the grounds of Saint Savas Monastery, which (according to the website of the Serbian Church) is part of the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago. Holy Resurrection Cathedral also belongs to this diocese, which is overseen from Serbia by Patriarch Irinej Gavrilovic.

http://www.serborth.org/education.html

http://www.serborth.org/clergy.html?type=details&id=214

http://www.serborth.org/clergy.html?type=details&id=210

http://www.serborth.org/midwestdiocese.html

 

Members of SNAP have already written to Gavrilovic. (See letter below.) Today they will distribute leaflets to parishioners, begging them to contact their patriarch and urge him to reach out to all the parishes and institutions where Spasic worked.

 

(In addition to attending the Libertyville seminary, in 2013 Spasic worked at Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7V12f8jey8wJ:www.stgeorgecinci.org/files/Sunday-23rd-after-Pentecost.docx+&cd=13&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

 

“Those who abuse kids usually have more than one victim,” said SNAP president Barbara Blaine. “There are likely others who were hurt by Spasic and are still suffering in shame and silence. It’s imperative that church officials find out where Spasic worked and use church resources to reach out to those who saw, suspected or suffered these crimes. They should urge them to contact the police. We have already asked the patriarch to do this, but it’s crucial that parishioners also add their voices.”

 

The leaflet will also urge church-goers to insist that church officials run criminal background checks on seminarians, clergy and everyone who works with children.

 

“The admission requirements for Saint Savas do not mention a clean criminal record. Are background checks required at the seminary?” asked Melanie Jula Sakoda of SNAP Orthodox.

http://www.serborth.org/education.html


“Your deacon, Damjan S. Bozic, is also dean of students at the Libertyville school. He should know, or should be able to find out.”

http://www.serborth.org/clergy.html?type=details&id=210

http://www.serborth.org/faculty.html


Sakoda continued, “The cost of a fingerprint check is minimal. However, the decision as to who should be working around kids in your Church should not be left to chance. A recent case in a Greek Orthodox Church in Maine uncovered a priest who had been convicted of a sex crime against a child in Michigan years before he entered the seminary in Boston.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/16/news/bangor/greek-orthodox-bishop-suspends-bangor-priest-facing-child-pornography-charge/


 “A background check would have easily unveiled this predator before he abused the two Orthodox boys who stayed at their priest’s home.“

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/bangor/2014/09/17/affidavit-priest-admits-to-touching-boys/15797529/

 

"Every seminarian, clergyman, and anyone who works with kids should be fingerprinted. We can’t trust our precious children to those who have been convicted of crimes against minors.”

 

The leaflet suggests two other simple and inexpensive ways parishioners can help make their parish safer for kids.

 

First, church-goers can urge their patriarch to make sure that all church officials immediately report crimes to the police, whether or not required by law. David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, reminds parishioners, “The best way to keep kids save is to take predators off the streets. The police have the resources, education and experience to evaluate allegations, and can also send the charges on to the criminal justice system, so the perpetrators can be convicted and sentenced to prison.” 

 

Finally, the leaflet also encourages parishioners to ask their patriarch to ensure that procedures for reporting sex crimes in the Church are easily accessible and easy to follow. The survivors’ group believes that making it easier for people to alert church officials to problems will make it easier for the Church to identify and remove those who are a danger to children.

 

Contact: Barbara Blaine of Chicago (312-399-4747 cell, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org), David Clohessy of St. Louis (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, SNAP Orthodox Director (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com),

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WA- Alleged predator priest is sued

He’s never been publicly “outed” before

Cleric worked in at least 4 Washington towns

One case has been filed, another one will be soon

SNAP: “He now lives among unsuspecting families” in Nevada

"Are there other child sex cases under the radar?” group asks

Victims challenge Seattle Catholic hierarchy about “openness

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SNAP to Cupich: “Come meet with us”

SNAP to Cupich: “Come meet with us”

Group wants “town hall” event about cleric

He’s on the job despite two child sex accusations

And police have a pending investigation into him

Group will hand fliers to mass-goers inviting them too

 

WHAT:

As Chicago’s new archbishop says mass at a local parish, concerned Catholics and clergy sex abuse victims will hand fliers to church-goers urging them – and the archbishop - to attend a “town hall meeting” about a twice-accused predator priest who is still on the job despite a pending criminal investigation into the allegations. They will also prod the archbishop to

--temporarily suspend the accused child molesting cleric,

--go next weekend to a parish where the accused priest works now, and

--discipline all archdiocesan staff who have let the priest stay in the parish.

WHEN:

Sunday, Dec.  7, 11:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Outside St. Clement’s Catholic Church (642 W Deming Pl, Chicago, IL 60614).

 

WHO:

Four to five members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

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CA--Psychiatrist accused of sexual abuse

Psychiatrist accused of sexual abuse

At least three women say he violated them

One settled a lawsuit with his former employer

He’s a defrocked priest; abuse cases against him have settled

Hospital should not let him practice or see patients, group urges

And state medical board should review allegations soon, SNAP says

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand-deliver a letter to the head of a local mental health center that employs a psychiatrist who has been accused of sexually abusing at least three girls. They will:

- Tell how the priest’s supervisors settled a sex abuse lawsuit with at least one victim, and

- Hand out copies of the former priest’s personnel file that outlined the abuse and settlement.

They will also:

- Demand that the psychiatrist be removed from his position at a local psychiatric facility,

- Beg hospital administrators to reach out to his current and former patients telling them about the allegations, and

- Urge the hospital to file a complaint against him with the California State Medical Board.  

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IL: Victims to leaflet as Archbishop Cupich celebrates mass

Victims to leaflet archbishop’s mass

They want “prevention, not symbolism”

WHAT:

As Chicago’s new archbishop says mass at a Spanish-speaking parish, concerned Catholics and clergy sex abuse victims will hand fliers to church-goers urging them to

--push Archbishop Blasé Cupich to disclose records about all Chicago sexual predator priests, especially those who worked in Spanish-speaking churches

--aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes.

 

The victims will also prod Cupich to

--go next weekend to a parish where a twice–accused priest is still on the job.

 

WHEN:

Sunday, Nov.  30, 11:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Outside St. Agnes of Bohemia Church, 2650 S. Central Park (at the corner of 27th Street)

 

WHO:

Four to five members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

 

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IL--Victims to leaflet archbishop's mass

Victims to leaflet archbishop’s mass

They want “prevention, not symbolism”

“Disclose records on notorious predator,” they urge

SNAP: “Catholic officials are still hiding important documents”

Cupich should also apologize to fired whistleblower, victims say

And they urge him to go next to a parish where an accused cleric still works

WHAT:

As Chicago’s new archbishop says mass at a notorious pedophile priest’s former parish, concerned Catholics and clergy sex abuse victims will hand fliers to church-goers urging them to

--push Archbishop Blasé Cupich to disclose records about the predator, and

--aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes.

The victims will also prod Cupich to

--apologize to a female school principal and whistleblower who was fired, and

--go next weekend to a parish where a twice–accused priest is still on the job.

   

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OR--Group challenges archbishop on abuse

Group challenges archbishop on abuse

A twice-accused coach is still on the job

He was fired years ago for credible allegations

Central Catholic principal has kept this hidden

SNAP: “Archdiocesan officials should oust them both

And they should “aggressively seek out to other victims witnesses & whistleblowers

Organization also wants “user-friendly” list of predators’ names on church websites

What:

Holding signs and children’s photos at a sidewalk news conference, two leaders of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will prod Portland’s top Catholic official to suspend two staff at the only archdiocesan high school. One is a coach who was fired once for child sex abuse allegations and twice faced criminal child sex abuse charges. The other is the principal who has apparently kept silent about the coach’s past.

The group also wants Portland’s archbishop to use church resources to

-- Aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the coach’s alleged crimes, and

-- permanently post on his church websites – in an easily searchable format - the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.   

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TN--Abuse victims to leaflet mass-goers

Abuse victims to leaflet mass-goers

Support group challenges bishop on abuse

SNAP: Catholic officials should be more forthcoming

Victims want diocese to post predators’ names on websites

They’re worried most about an accused predator who fled overseas

What:

As church-goers enter mass, leaders of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers. The leaflets urge Catholic church officials and members to

-- more aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and

-- prod them to call police and prosecutors.

They also want church officials to make a special effort to

-- warn others about a Chicago priest who spent time in Memphis and

--find an accused predator priest who fled overseas, and

Finally, they will also ask Memphis’ bishop and pastors to permanently post on church websites the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused Memphis area child molesting clerics.

When: Sunday, November 9, at 11:45 a.m.    

 

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AR--Group challenges LR bishop on abuse

Group challenges bishop on abuse

They’re worried about recently ousted priest

SNAP: Catholic officials should seek out other victims

Predator’s whereabouts should be disclosed, group says

And victims want diocese to post predators’ names on websites

What:

Holding signs and children’s photos at a sidewalk news conference, leaders of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will prod Arkansas’ top Catholic official to take more action about a recently-ousted priest who engaged in sexual misconduct. Specifically, the group wants Arkansas’ bishop to use church resources to

-- more aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s misdeeds,

-- warn prospective employers and others about him, 

-- educate parishioners about adult clergy sexual misconduct, and

-- permanently post on his church websites the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.

When:

Saturday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m.    

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TN--Sex abuse victims blast Baptist ministers

Sex abuse victims blast Baptist ministers

They “change their tune” in child abuse case

Group says they should be investigated & charged

It says one preacher “clearly filed false police report

SNAP: “Now law enforcement must act to deter deceit

In new court document, minister radically contradicts himself & police

WHAT

Holding a sign and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a nationally-known clergy sex abuse victim and advocate will

--disclose a new 15 page court record of sworn answers by a Jackson area minister, 

-- urge law enforcement to investigate and prosecute he and an ex-pastor, and

-- prod anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes  by a convicted sex offender and church member who is accused of more crimes to call police, protect others, expose wrongdoers, deter deceit and start healing.”  

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MO-Minister loses bid to reverse big verdict

Minister loses bid to reverse big verdict

 

Two have accused high profile Protestant preacher

One alleged victim issues her 1st public statement

Clergyman was on State Board of Education recently

One abuse case against him went to trial in August

A second lawsuit - alleging child sex abuse - was resolved

His church was ordered to pay $350,000 to one alleged victim

Group urges that his board fire him & other clerics ostracize him

SNAP: “If you’ve seen, suspected or suffered abuse by him, come forward

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MO--Victims to leaflet Cathedral

 

Victims to leaflet Cathedral

Two serial predator priests worked there

Both clerics were involved in recent settlement

They’re still priests, still alive and still in Kansas City

Group wants to warn parishioners & public about them

And victims vow: “After settlement, we’ll still be vigilant!”

SNAP: “Bishop should post predators’ names on his website

WHAT

As parishioners enter/leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers. The leaflets urge parishioners to ask their loved ones if they were hurt by

--two credibly accused serial predator priests who worked at the cathedral and were involved in the recent $10 million settlement, or

--any of the other 23 publicly accused KC area predator priests. 

For the safety of kids, they will also urge ‘

--KC's Catholic bishop to permanently post names of predator priests on his website, and 

--anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to call police, not priests. 

WHEN

Sunday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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NE-- Victims prod archbishop to act

 

Victims prod archbishop to act

Two Omaha priests were "outed" this week as predators

Catholic officials say one faced "substantiated” accusations

Group worries about victims of two other former Nebraska clerics

It urges anyone who "saw, suspected or suffered" abuse to speak up

And it wants church staff to post offenders' names on archdiocesan websites

WHAT

As parishioners enter/leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers to them. The leaflets urge parishioners to ask loved ones if they were hurt by four credibly accused Omaha priests who worked in eastern Nebraska but molested elsewhere so have gotten little or no public attention in the Omaha area. (All of the clerics were recently "outed" as predators.) 

For the safety of kids, they will also urge 

--Omaha's archbishop to post names of predator priests on his website, and 

--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to call police, not priests.

 

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MO--Lawsuit vs. abusive minister & ex-radio host settles

Lawsuit vs. abusive minister & ex-radio host settles

One of his victims will speak publicly for the first time

He sexually repeatedly exploited her during counseling

He surrendered his psychologist’s license to state officials

But he’s now around “vulnerable adults” as hospice chaplain

Last month, he was honored by a large local funeral home chain

And he also reportedly worked for Cardinals & Seattle Mariners

SNAP urges others who “saw, suspected or suffered” misdeeds to “speak up

WHAT:

Holding signs and a photo of an alleged offender at a sidewalk news conference, a woman who was sexually exploited by a minister, ex- psychologist, ex-St. Louis Cardinals consultant and ex-KMOX radio talk show host will

-- blast a funeral home & hospice provider for honoring the minister last month,

-- discuss, for the first time, her civil lawsuit against the minister and his church, and

– disclose that the suit has settled and that his psychologist’s license has been revoked, and

-- prod anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to speak up, expose wrongdoing, and protect others.   

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MO- KC abuse victim who endured 2 week trial speaks out

Dozens of his family and friends rally around him

Victims also push KC church officials to do more about 2 ousted priests

They are still priests, were part of new settlement, and now live out of state

WHAT

Surrounded by relatives and friends, the KC man who endured a two week clergy sex abuse and cover up trial will speak for the first time publicly about the ordeal and how he was treated by church lawyers.

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