SNAP Media Events

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.


RI--Victims prod bishop on accused priests

Victims prod RI bishop on accused priests

He’s keeping names of at least 95 accused clerics hidden

Five other predators abused elsewhere but worked in RI

Support group discloses their identities & pushes for “openness

It says Catholic officials “endanger kids” with “continued secrecy

Bishop should also post child molesting clerics' names, victims say

SNAP: “Roughly thirty other bishops across the US have done this

WHAT

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

--95 accused predator priests in Rhode Island remain hidden, and

--five predator priests who abused elsewhere also worked in RI but have attracted little or no public or media attention here.


CT--Predator priest case goes to Supreme Court

Predator priest case goes to Supreme Court

Cleric claims 15 year old basically consented

Victims group deplores “mean-spirited legal hardball

SNAP also prods archbishop to post pedophiles’ name

About 30 US Catholic officials have taken this “safety step

WHAT

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

--an unusual clergy sex case has been accepted by the CT Supreme Court,

--it’s against a never-before-accused priest who lived in CT for 65 years, and

--it focuses on whether a 15 year old victim “consented” because he didn’t fight back when he was being assaulted.


KS--New abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed

New abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed

It’s against big Lenexa non-denominational church

Officials there knew man had molested others before

Still, they let him volunteer at Vacation Bible School

And he assaulted two young kids and is now in prison

He told one girl he’d go after her youngster sister if she didn’t comply

SNAP: Independent ‘mega-churches’ are “next frontier” in abuse cases

WHAT

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

-- disclose a new civil abuse and cover up lawsuit against a large KC area mega-church, and

-- urge parents and congregation members to require these churches to enact policies to protect children.

The group predicts that more and more sex scandals are emerging and will continue to emerge in large, independent ‘mega-churches’ because their pastors are often very powerful and charismatic and there’s little or no lay oversight or church hierarchy that might hold predatory preachers accountable.


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