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SNAP shocked as Pope Francis accuses clergy sex abuse victims of slander

For immediate release Friday, January 19, 2018

Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, Volunteer Western Regional Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

Pope Francis’ trip to Chile, which was supposed to be a healing moment, ended with him further alienating Catholic survivors. When a Chilean reporter asked the Pope about the controversial appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, his response was absolutely shocking to SNAP, the Survivors Network. Pope Francis replied to the reporter, "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It's all calumny. Is that clear?"

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/19/579079786/pope-francis-riles-many-in-chile-by-accusing-bishops-critics-of-slander

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MI--SNAP cheers the courageous survivor who confronted her abuser in court

For immediate release Wednesday, January 18, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

SNAP, the Survivors Network, applauds Kyle Stephens for speaking out publicly about her abuse at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. At a sentencing hearing for Nassar on January 16 in Lansing, MichiganKyle told the court the repeated sexual assaults by the doctor took a terrible toll on her personally. The abuse began when she was only six years old and continued into early adolescence.

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