Media Statements

MI--Ray Township Catholic School administrator charged

 For immediate release Wednesday, November 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A Ray Township teacher at Austin Catholic Academy faces allegations that he sent sexually graphic emails to a child. We call on Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron to personally visit the school where the alleged predator worked, begging victims, witnesses, employees, former employees, alumni, students, staff and whistleblowers to call law enforcement if they have any information or suspicions about the alleged crimes.

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

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TN--University cancels Cosby appearance

For immediate release Wednesday, November 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We are grateful that  Freed-Hardmann University has canceled Bill Cosby’s appearance.  Honoring credibly accused sex offenders hurts victims and deters reporting of sex crimes, thus endangering the public. We hope other venues where Cosby may appear also find the courage to do what is right and disinvite him.    

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NM--Bishop must stop secrecy

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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)

Bishop James Wall must stop the secrecy and disclose immediately what he knows about the suspected crimes and misdeeds of the Rev. Ravi Kiran. Kiran, originally from India, worked at St. Anthony’s Mission on the Pueblo of Zuni.   

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MO--Nuns rally around convicted KC bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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 group of Missouri nuns is praising a convicted bishop. Unwittingly, they're making the church less safe and healthy, by contributing to a climate in which victims are reluctant to report child sex crimes.   

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OR--Victims blast archbishop & Central Catholic over abuse allegations

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 25

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 once-fired, twice-charged alleged child molester now gets to keep working for at least six more months around kids at a school, thanks to Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample.

And the principal who knew of the alleged molester’s past but warned no one about him gets to keep his job and suffer no consequences, thanks to Archbishop Sample.   

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VA--Victims want UVA dean fired over rape cases

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 25

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)

We are torn by the compelling Rolling Stones’ expose of campus sex crimes and cover ups at the University of Virginia. On one hand, we find the self-serving secrecy of the school’s administration disgusting.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/a-weekend-of-protest-at-uva-as-rolling-stone-rape-story-jolts-campus-20141124  

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Dominica--Victims blast Dominica bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Dominica’s Catholic bishop must do more about a now-defrocked predator priest.

We’re glad that Fr. Reginald LaFleur has been defrocked. That, however, doesn’t “cure” him. He remains a risk to kids. And Bishop Gabriel Malzaire knows this.   

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Rome--Pope should demote or at least suspend his prosecutorial pick

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Yesterday, we called on Pope Francis to rescind his promotion of the new church child sex abuse “prosecutor.” We hope the pontiff will do this.

But if not, we hope Francis or the head of the Jesuit order will at least suspend Fr. Robert Geisinger and hire independent experts to investigate how many other alleged child sex crimes Geisinger may have hidden or may still be hiding. We strongly suspect that there are many more “skeletons” in Geisinger’s closet.   

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Rome--Chicago priest promoted by Francis hid child sex crimes

For immediate release: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

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 Chicago priest who was just promoted by the Pope concealed clergy sex crimes, according to today’s Boston Globe. We urge Francis to rescind this promotion.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/11/22/vatican-new-top-prosecutor-abusive-priests-implicated-past-failure-stop-notorious-abuser-donald-mcguire/gPaBPJUdvuTy5PSTl1j5sM/story.html  

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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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