SNAP Media Events

MN--Victims to leaflet about notorious predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Abuse victims to leaflet parishes

They’re worried about convicted predator

Despite priest’s guilt, Vatican lifted his suspension

Group wants to find other “victims, witnesses or whistleblowers

SNAP: “Another criminal case is our only chance to protect other kids

Weeks ago, Vatican officials lifted the suspension of a Catholic priest who pled guilty to child sex crimes last year in Minnesota.

Read more
2 reactions Share

IL--Victims praise judge for looking at recent Hastert wrongs

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re glad a judge will consider Denny Hastert’s most recent wrongdoing – his attempt to frame a man he molested as a child – when he sentences the politician. This is the second worst crime Hastert committed, second only to his repeated child sex crimes.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-dennis-hastert-filing-unsealed-met-20160413-story.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

KY--Victims to protest huge Protestant conference

Victims to protest huge Protestant conference

Several controversial ministers are set to speak

Their denomination is accused of hiding predators

It’s now based in Louisville and has 70 churches as members

Group says ministers’ roles “will deter others from reporting abuse

SNAP: “And it rubs salt into the deep wounds of those hurt on their watch”   

WHAT

Holding signs, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand leaflets to church members outside a big Protestant conference. The fliers urge attendees to

--tell conference organizers they’re wrong to let a minister who’s accused of hiding child sex crimes speak at the event, and

--boycott conference sessions led by several controversial clergymen

Read more
2 reactions Share

TX--Group wants Methodist officials to “do outreach”

Victims prod church to “take action

Youth minister was arrested last week

He’s accused of molesting three children

SNAP: “Parents, ask your kids if they were hurt

Group wants Methodist officials to “do outreach

WHAT

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

--blast local church officials for their public comments in a pending child sex abuse case,

--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” seeking other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers,”

--beg parents in the congregation to “ask their kids if they were hurt,” and

--prod anyone who may have “seen, suspected or suffered” crimes by the minister – or cover ups by his colleagues or supervisors – to “protect kids by calling law enforcement immediately.”

Read more
1 reaction Share

KY--Victims to protest at huge Protestant conference

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Pam Palmer (240) 994-1278 cell, palmerp@live.com

Abuse victims to protest outside big church conference

They want preacher accused of concealing crimes “disinvited

But event organizers are ignoring their request sent last week

Group says preacher’s role “will deter others from reporting abuse

SNAP: “And it rubs salt into wounds of those who were hurt on his watch

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims will protest outside a religious conference in Louisville later this month that is expected to draw more than 8,000 church-goers and staff.

Read more
1 reaction Share

GA--“Damning church document” surfaces

“Damning church document” surfaces  

It’s about Georgia’s most notorious predator priest

In 1980s, he admitted his crimes to 4 church officials

“He could have been stopped long ago,” group charges

SNAP: Memo shows Boston-style cover ups happened here

Victims also release list of 6 “largely unknown” Atlanta pedophiles

“Virtually none of them have attracted local attention,” group says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose a “damning” never-before-seen internal church memo showing that four top Georgia Catholic officials heard the state’s most notorious predator priest admit abusing kids decades ago, but they told no one and kept him on the job for years, allowing him to assault more children, and

They will also disclose a list of six predator priests who worked or spent time in Atlanta, been but have gotten little - if any - public attention in Georgia.

And they will also prod Catholic officials to post on church websites, “for the safety of kids,” the names, photos and whereabouts of child molesting clerics, like roughly 30 US bishops have done.

Read more
2 reactions Share

VA--Victims group discloses a "disturbing letter"

Victims' group discloses a “disturbing letter”

It shows church kept abuse report hidden

Support group blasts Mennonite officials for “secrecy”

SNAP: “Suspected crimes must be reported to police”

WHAT

Holding signs and photos, abuse victims and their supporters will

--disclose a letter showing that church officials hid suspected crimes for a year and a half,

--give a copy of the letter to police, and

--urge anyone who sees, suspects or suffers abusive crimes to tell secular officials, not church officials.

    

Read more
4 reactions Share

SC--Victims “out” another predator priest

Victims “out” another predator priest

He was cited in new PA grand jury report

And he is the 14th accused child molesting SC cleric

Group urges Catholic bishop to “come clean & end slow torture

Church officials refuse to do “real outreach,” support group says

SNAP warns: “Recently suspended cleric could be put back to work


What:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that
--a predator priest recently suspended because of abuse allegations in Pennsylvania also worked in SC,
--he’s the 14 alleged predator priest to have worked in the state, and
--at least seven civil lawsuits are pending against predator priests in SC, including one filed last October.
The group will prod
--Charleston Catholic bishop to permanently post on parish websites the names of all predator priests who have worked or lived – or now work or live – in the diocese.
--“anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered sexual misdeeds, crimes or cover ups” in the state to “call police, expose wrongdoing and protect others.”
Read more
2 reactions Share

OR--Victims want accused predator suspended

Victims want accused predator suspended

Almost 3 weeks ago, he was sued for abuse

Alleged crimes took place for over a decade

But church is apparently keeping priest on the job

Two other child molesting clerics worked at same parish

SNAP: “He’s crossed the river & now deals with alcoholics

Group urges Catholic officials to “reach out to other victims

WHAT

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

--disclose that a recently-sued alleged predator priest remains on the job,

--prod Catholic officials to suspend him and “seek out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers,” and

--beg anyone who may have “seen, suspected or suffered his crimes” to “protect kids by calling police.”

Read more
2 reactions Share

WA--Victims want probe of archdiocese

Victims want probe of archdiocese

SNAP: “Law enforcement must act

Group wants abuse documents disclosed

And they release part of a predator priest’s record

“Archbishop should also expand perp list,” victims say

A church agency counselor abused 2 weeks ago, they note

 

WHAT

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

--disclose 15 pages of church records about one of Seattle’s most notorious predator priests, and 

Read more
1 reaction Share

PA--Victims blast Altoona Catholic officials

Victims blast Altoona Catholic officials

Bishop should fire a nun and his abuse advisors

Grand jury showed “victims advocate” is a sham

SNAP: “Saying ‘sorry’ is wrong without clear changes

Group wants outreach about “sadistic yet ignored teacher

And victims say Bartchak’s letter on Sunday was “pure public relations

 

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will demand that Altoona’s Catholic bishop

--fire a nun and his abuse panel,

--work with the Attorney General to pick replacements, and

--disclose more about a high school librarian who is named in last week’s grand jury report – but has been ignored by news media even though he downloaded “hundreds of pages of violent child rape stories and chats” and was on the job for eight years.

Read more
2 reactions Share

IL--Victims to leaflet at prominent church

Victims to leaflet at prominent church
 
It’s letting accused child molester preach
 
SNAP: “You’re intimidating abused children
 
Group wants pastor disinvited from upcoming event
 
He’s been in leadership posts with national Baptist organization
 
“Kids suffer when clerics back other accused clerics,” victims say

 

WHAT

After a church service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets to congregants urging church officials to

--disinvite an accused, arrested predatory pastor who is set to speak later in the week, and

--apologize for their “callousness and hurtful behavior” for inviting him in the first place.

Read more
1 reaction Share

FL--Now, 3 patients accuse doctor of abuse

Now, 3 patients accuse doctor of abuse

Two have sued him for sexual battery

Physician also was charged with a DUI

Group believes other victims are “still suffering

It urges “anyone with information” to call police

SNAP: “Prosecutors and Health Dept. must take action

Clinic knew of his misdeeds but kept him working, suit says

WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims will disclose that a local doctor, sued earlier this month for the second time for sexual battery, also

--was accused in 2011 of assaulting a third patient, and

--was arrested and charged with “driving under the influence” of alcohol.

The group will also

--blast any of the doctor’s colleagues who did not report or try to stop his “hurtful crimes,”

--push law enforcement and Health Dept. officials to “take action to protect others,” and

--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement and file formal complaints with the state health department

Read more
1 reaction Share

CA--Victims want predators’ names from North CA dioceses

Victims want predators’ names from North CA dioceses

Last year, six Catholic institutions in Minnesota did this

Last month, Seattle archbishop released 77 predators’ names

Another may do so next month; 30 bishops have taken this step

But at least 2,800 accused priests’ names remain hidden,” group says

SNAP: “San Jose & San Francisco dioceses are among biggest offenders”

Some perps are still near kids now as teachers & therapists, victims say

“Spotlight-style investigations still needed in most cities,” organization charges

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos while giving leaflets to mass-goers in ten cities – including Oakland - clergy sex abuse victims and concerned parishioners will urge Catholic bishops in the nation’s largest dioceses to disclose the names of 2,800 accused predator priests whose identities are still hidden. They will also

--commend the 30 bishops who have posted pedophile priests on their websites,

--urge employers and neighbors to “google search” ex-priests they know & see if they’re accused,

--push for ending or extending the statute of limitations so more predators are exposed,

--beg all Catholic employees to “aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes” by these and other child molesting clerics, and

--prod church-goers to see the film Spotlight and urge family and friends to do likewise.

Read more
1 reaction Share

National--Details on leafleting events re Spotlight & perp lists on Sunday

Sunday, February 28 Events 

Oakland

Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street

Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 am

Contact: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, Tim Lennon 415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org 

Los Angeles

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple Street

Sunday, February 28 at 10:45 am

Contact Barbara Blaine, 312-399-4747 bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org

Read more
1 reaction Share