SNAP Media Events

WA--Victims blast Seattle archbishop

Victims blast Seattle archbishop

They say his predator list is incomplete

Support group names four more abusers

All of them are publicly accused molesters

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Seattle’s archbishop to

--explain why at least four credibly accused child molesting clerics are not on his recently-released predator priests list,

--release secret files about predator priests so parishioners can learn which church staff ignored or concealed these crimes,

--post predators' names (priests,  nuns, seminarians & all church staff) in parish bulletins too, and

--include their photos, work histories and whereabouts,

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KS man appeals to Vatican

KS man appeals to Vatican

Priest allegedly exploited his wife

Support group wants KS archbishop to act

SNAP: “Families should be warned about cleric”

He worked at several Topeka churches & has been on leave for 17 years

WHAT

Holding signs and passing out leaflets, clergy abuse victims and a man whose marriage was wrecked by a former Topeka priest will disclose that

--the priest is accused of sexually exploiting an adult parishioner,

--this sexual exploitation ended an 11 year marriage, and

--predator priest now works with vulnerable adults at Catholic Charities.   

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NE--Convicted ex-head of K.C. MO diocese now works in NE

Victims want decision reversed

They’re worried about controversial MO prelate

Convicted ex-head of KC diocese now works in NE

“He shouldn’t be in ministry of any kind,” group says

SNAP: “Lincoln bishop should meet with his flock about this”

WHAT


Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, leaders of a victims’ group and concerned Lincoln citizens will hand deliver a letter to Lincoln's Catholic bishop and
publicly urge him to:

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MI--SNAP: “Is he letting other accused abusers work in parishes?”

Victims seek help from prelates

“Each MI bishop should do outreach,” SNAP says
Their colleague is accused of abusing seminarians
Group also wants Kalamazoo bishop to hold meeting
SNAP: “Is he letting other accused abusers work in parishes?”
“He should explain his decision & answer questions,” they say
And group wants Battle Creek priest disciplined “for deception”

WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims and concerned Catholics will hand-deliver a letter and publicly urge Michigan bishops to seek out anyone who may have been hurt by a now-disgraced Twin Cities Archbishop. In addition to endangering children by covering up sex crimes, the archbishop allegedly made “unwanted sexual advances” toward at least six seminarians when he led a Detroit school for prospective priests.

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FL--Catholic officials punish whistleblowers

Victims blast Palm Beach bishop

Catholic officials punish whistleblowers

And they wanted to help a predator flee

Support group wants law enforcement to investigate

SNAP: “Those who conceal abuse should also face charges

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will blast Palm Beach’s Catholic bishop for retaliating against a whistleblower priest who called law enforcement when a colleague admitted child sex crimes and a nun who helped the whistleblower. The victims will also urge the bishop to

--hold an open public meeting to answer questions about the troubling allegations that his diocese tried to help a predator flee,

--explain whether he or his colleagues have done this with other child molesting clerics, and

--post all predator priests' names in parish bulletins and on church websites, and

--include their photos, work histories and whereabouts.

 

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CA--SNAP blasts school officials: “Shame on you for backing predators & hurting kids!”

Group praises victims who are testifying for 3rd time

Despite predator’s conviction, school claims “he didn’t do it”

SNAP to wounded children: “You’re being very brave & strong”

They blast school officials: “Shame on you for backing predators & hurting kids!”

WHAT

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

--applaud the brave kids who are being forced by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District to testify about their abuse by former teacher Joseph Martin for the third time, and

--beg anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected abuse by Martin to report what they know to the authorities.

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GA--SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”

Victims to leaflet mass attendees

They want predator priests’ names

About 20 US bishops have posted them

But no Georgia Catholic official has done so yet

Group also says new law enables victims to file abuse cases

SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”

What: 

As Catholics enter and leave mass, sex abuse victims will hand leaflets to them. The fliers ask parishioners to urge Savannah’s bishop:
--permanently post on church websites the names of all predator priests who have worked or lived – or now work or live – in the diocese, and 
--spread the word about a new Georgia law that makes kids safer by enabling child sex abuse victims to file civil lawsuits against “those who commit or conceal sexual violence.”
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CA--Survivors ask: “Are schools adequately protecting special needs kids”

Victims’ group begs grand juries to investigate officials

Survivors ask: “Are schools adequately protecting special needs kids”

Recent shocking video footage of boy being punched is latest incident at the facility

SNAP: “Officials endangered kids by not responding properly to allegations of abuse

WHAT: Holding signs and childhood pictures, abuse victims will hold a news conference outside the Contra Costa County Court Administration building to:

--blast local school districts over recent reports of abuse of special needs children,

--prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered abuse at Tobinworld in Antioch to call police, and

--hand deliver a formal request asking that a grand jury be convened to investigate whether school officials are breaking laws or endangering special needs students. Copies of the complaint will be available at the press event, as will copies of complaints to the grand juries in Alameda and Solano County. 

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IL--Victims to Archbishop: Fire your review board

Victims to Archbishop: Fire your review board

They OK’ed admitted child predator for ministry, even after Priest yanked in LA for abusive past

Chicago board refused to meet with victim

Newly exposed documents say cleric would have no unsupervised contact with kids

But cleric still works with kids, presents himself as priest

Archdiocese, Cupich defies zero tolerance vow, group says

What: At a sidewalk news conference, victims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church will attempt to hand-deliver a letter to the Chicago Archbishop. The letter cites a Chicago Tribune story about an admitted predator priest in Chicago. It also demands that Archbishop Blase Cupich:  

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KS--Predator priest and doctor is sued for first time

 

Predator priest and doctor is sued for first time

Molester held parties at lake with alcohol, adults and teenagers

He also took boy out of state & assaulted him after his mom died

Victims group begs bishop to post names of other pedophile priests

WHAT

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

--announce a new child abuse lawsuit against a Kansas City priest who’s also a therapist,

--prod the archbishop to post the names of credibly accused predators on diocesan website, and

--urge those who see, suspect or suffer clergy sex crimes and cover ups to keep calling police and prosecutors, not church officials.    

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CA--School board is re-traumatizing victims, group charges

School board is re-traumatizing victims, group charges

District argues in court that teacher didn’t abuse kids

But he’s has been criminally convicted of child sexual crimes

Group urges taxpayers to insist that board stop “hardball legal tactic” 

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, sex abuse survivors will blast public school officials for claiming that kids were not abused by a child molesting teacher who was convicted for molesting those same kids. The group will also urge the school board to:

-- “stop playing legal hardball and re-victimizing these youngsters,”

--denounce the legal strategy of claiming that victims were not abused,

--apologize for and explain their rationale for making “this intimidating move,” and

--disclose and discipline those who approved this tactic.

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IL--At least two priests at parish accused of abusing kids

Groups to hand leaflets to church-goers
At least two priests at parish accused of abusing kids
One victim, with pending lawsuit, is being publicly identified for 1st time
Concerned Catholics say Rockford Catholic officials mistreat victims & parishioners
Diocese keeps hiding its secret documents on credibly accused abusive priests, they say
Catholics will be urged to consider withholding donations until kids are better protected
WHAT:
As parishioners leave and enter a local church for mass, supporters of clergy abuse victims will disclose
---that two priests who worked at their parish are accused of molesting kids, and
---the identity of a previously-anonymous man who is suing one of those priests for abuse.
The group will also hand out fliers urging the church-goers to:
---demand that their church officials make public all of its secret files on all of its credibly accused priests,
---stop donating to the church until their bishop stops a) concealing child sex crimes, b) supporting and paying sex offender clerics, and c) callously mistreating victims of clergy sex crimes
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WI--As bankruptcy ends Monday, Milwaukee deaf survivors asking Archbishop Listecki to join them in meeting with Pope

As bankruptcy ends Monday, Milwaukee deaf survivors asking Archbishop Listecki to join them in meeting with Pope

Nearly five year old bankruptcy may end at Monday morning hearing for 575 survivors who filed cases

Deaf survivors say “major issues and concerns about justice, criminal fraud and financial mismanagement remain uninvestigated and unresolved”     

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WI--Milwaukee's 575 victims of clergy child sex assault preparing for Monday's final bankruptcy settlement hearing

Milwaukee's 575 victims of clergy child sex assault preparing for Monday's final bankruptcy settlement hearing

Plan will leave major issues, including identities, case histories and locations of dozens of alleged offenders secret

Settlement will also stop investigation into former Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s $60 million Cemetery “Fraud” Trust

WHO/WHAT

Victim/survivors of childhood rape, sexual assault and abuse by priests of the Milwaukee Archdiocese will be attending a final confirmation hearing for the nearly five year old Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy and will be conducting a press conference on the steps of the Federal Courthouse after the hearing.  Survivors are also available for comment this weekend (see contact information below).   

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MA--Boston--SNAP to Cardinal O’Malley

The Church needs to do more to protect children, help survivors, as well as live up to its promise of being open and transparent.

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, Boston clergy sex abuse victims will be speaking out after the premiere of the movie “Spotlight”  here in Boston this weekend, and giving their personal feelings viewing it, along with what action the church needs to take to protect children and help wounded survivors.   

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