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RI--RI predator priest is indicted

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 21

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those

Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Rhode Island Catholic priest – Fr. Barry Meehan – now faces criminal child sex abuse charges. We call on Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin to personally visit every parish where the alleged predator worked, begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call law enforcement.

http://www.turnto10.com/story/27450606/ri-priest-charged-with-sexual-assault   

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TN--University invites Cosby to speak

For immediate release Wednesday, November 19

Statement by David Brown, Memphis SNAP leader, David@DavidBrownpi.com  901-569-4500

Bill Cosby is set to perform at a college dinner in Tennessee. We urge Freed-Hardeman

University officials to rescind his invitation.

The Dec. 5 dinner at Freed-Hardmann University near Jackson is for a worthy cause. But that doesn't obscure the fact that it also honors a credibly accused sex offender.

Cosby's never been criminally charged, as best we can tell, nor of course convicted. The sheer number of allegations he faces, however, and the credibility of those accusers makes most people accept the very likely reality that he did in fact sexually assault at least some - if not all - of these women. 

   

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WA--Controversy continues over two Seattle predator priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Controversy continues to swirl around decisions by Seattle Catholic officials that victims and concerned parishioners consider deceitful, hurtful and reckless.

Today, the National Catholic Reporter writes about the recent cases of Fr. Harold Quigg and the defrocked and recently deceased Fr. David Jaeger.   

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MN--Bail is $1 million for predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Bail has been set at $1 million for a twice-accused predator priest. For the safety of kids, we hope he stays behind bars until trial. And we hope others will call Roseau County law enforcement agencies now if they have any inklings or information about Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul’s crimes.   

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MN--Predator priest returned to MN

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

Statement by Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP Director (218-340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Now that Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul is back in Minnesota to face criminal charges, much remains to be done.

Each person who has even a tiny bit of information or suspicion about him must “fish or cut bait.” They must become mature, responsible adults, get over their fears, open their mouths and contact law enforcement, so that justice can be done and so that children can be protected.   

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CA--Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

All adults abused in a religious setting, as child or adult, are welcome

Special outreach to 34 survivors who are part of Stockton Diocese bankruptcy

SNAP hopes meeting will “help heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable

An international self-help organization for men and women who were molested by religious figures will hold its first confidential support group meeting in Stockton on Saturday, November 22nd from 1-3 pm at the Troke Branch Library at 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton.  Those who suffered institutional abuse and their families and supporters welcome. But the meeting is not open to the public.   

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IL- Archbishop Cupich sermon highlighting victim outreach

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Talking about abuse doesn't prevent abuse. Acknowledging the obvious isn’t progress. Neither are vague pledges. Only decisive action prevents abuse.

We'll know Archbishop Cupich is serious about safeguarding kids when he orders all pastors to list all predators in all parish bulletins and posts on his archdiocesan website the whereabouts of at least the living predator priests. And we’ll know he’s serious when he defrocks, demotes, disciplines or denounces several of the current archdiocesan staff who have hidden clergy sex crimes.

The Cardinal, His Men and the McCormack Legacy

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MN--Minnesota predator priest is returned to US

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 18

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A decade after the first allegations against him surfaced, a Catholic priest, has finally been brought back to the US where he faces criminal child sex abuse charges.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/jeyapaul-extradited  

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NY--NFL teams help to hide domestic abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

NFL coaches and staff do with domestic violence what Catholic bishops do with child sex crimes – try very hard to handle crime quietly and “in house” without involving law enforcement. That’s what a new, two-part series by the New York Time shows. And that’s shameful.

It’s outrageous that Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis meet with an abusive player and his wife. A football coach! What on earth makes him qualified to interfere in a criminal matter or counsel a married couple?  

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MN--MN predator priest is charged in WI

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We are grateful that a Minnesota predator priest now faces more child sex charges in Wisconsin. This is important because child molesting clerics often get great defense lawyers who exploit legal technicalities. They often end up with few or no consequences and soon walk free and hurt more children.   

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WA--Clergy abuse victim pens memoir

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Seattle clergy sex abuse victim publishes memoir

Support group says “honest, searing book” can help with healing

A Seattle woman has published a memoir about her childhood abuse by a priest, her adult years as a nun, her recovery and her advocacy for others who have been victimized.  And she will read from it at a “book launch celebration” this Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the University Book Store in Bellevue.

Mary Dispenza wrote “SPLIT: Child, A Priest and the Catholic Church,” in part about the suffering she endured when she was repeatedly molested, starting at age seven, by Fr. George Neville Rucker of the Los Angeles archdiocese. For years, she repressed the memories of that trauma.

A decade ago, as an adult, she sued Catholic officials as one of some 550 victims hurt by Los Angeles priests. It became the largest-ever settlement ever involving the Catholic church, totaling $660 million.

Now, Dispenza is the Seattle area leader of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Rucker is accused of molesting almost 40 youngsters.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/09_10/2008_09_05_SNAP_LegalManeuvers.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_12_02_Spano_SheCant.htm

 

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WA--Accused priest is saying mass, victims say

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Robert Fontana 509 731 6012, roblori.fontana@gmail.com

Sex abuse victims challenge bishop

Accused priest is reportedly saying masses

He had photos of young naked boys on his computer

In sharply worded letter, group blasts “reckless” approach

SNAP: Cleric had a “desk job” but is now “among suspecting families”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Yakima’s Catholic bishop to prevent a stop a priest who is reportedly saying mass and be more “open” about his wrongdoing.

Fr. Darell Mitchell has been seen performing mass recently, with altar boys, and teaching adults at St. Paul Cathedral. He also heads Calvary Cemetery.    

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