Media Statements

CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond--Updated

For immediate release: Friday, January 14, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A musician who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women is performing tomorrow night with the Boulder Philharmonic.

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2016/04/read_the_complaint_filed_by_mu.html

http://www.dailycamera.com/entertainment/ci_29711433/boulder-phil-announces-next-season

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NY - SNAP statement regarding the removal of Greek Orthodox priest from ministry

For immediate release: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The National Herald reported on January 13th that Father Luke Melackrinos has been suspended from ministry by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) for alleged inappropriate electronic contact with an adult female parishioner.

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CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond

For immediate release: Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)
 
Eric Ruske, who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women, is performing tonight with the Boulder Philharmonic, not the Boulder Symphony. SNAP regrets the error and apologizes to the Boulder Symphony for the confusion.
Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
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NY--Victims to Cuomo: NY can follow Hawaii’s successful lead with Child Victims Act

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org(949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

New York Governor Cuomo is making a bold and victim-friendly move by adding the Child Victim’s Act to his agenda. We applaud him for making child safety a priority—by helping victims in both private and public institutions.
In 2014, the State of Hawaii extended their 2-year civil window for victims of child sexual abuse. Their original window, enacted in 2012, only applied to victims who had been sexually abused in private institutions. The two-year extension broadened the law and allowed survivors who had been abused in public and private schools and institutions to use the civil justice system to expose their abuser. 
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MO--Parishioner banned from Kansas City diocese properties for interactions with children; Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org(949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article125995379.html

The Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph broke the state’s mandated reporting law last month. And they want the parents, children, and parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church to keep quiet about it.

The painful tenure of convicted child pornographer Shawn Ratigan was a tragic blow to the parish. Now, parents have learned that a long-time volunteer has repeatedly violated boundaries with children. He violated boundaries so often during his 20-years at the school, in fact, that he was put on a “safety plan,” according to a letter sent to parents by the pastor of St. Patrick’s parish in December.

The man banned from the parish even admitted to a reporter yesterday that he acts inappropriately with children.

But that was not enough for church staff to call law enforcement. They decided to handle it internally.

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PA--Penn State Abuse Scandal Costs Approach a Quarter-Billion, victims respond

For immediate release, January 10, 2017

Statement by 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)

Penn State officials could have done one simple thing to save a quarter billion dollars and dozens of young innocent lives: call the police when they saw or suspected abuse.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2017/01/10/438436.htm

No institution, no building, no football program, and no storied coach is more important than the life and innocence of one child. Unfortunately, the only way that our system can “punish” Penn State University is through large civil settlements, fines, and costs. Only a fraction of the adults involved in the conspiracy to cover-up Jerry Sandusky’s crimes will be criminally charged.

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UT--Pope Francis names Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Oscar Solis as Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Victims Respond

For immediate release, January 10, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org(949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

Bishop Oscar Solis spent a little more than a decade in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—a decade marred by expensive and embarrassing public relations nightmares under Cardinal Roger Mahony, years-long legal battles to keep evidence of sexual abuse secret from victims and the public, and little to no pastoral outreach to hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by dozens and dozens of Los Angeles priests. We hope that his leadership in Salt Lake City will be very different.

http://www.katc.com/story/34222624/pope-francis-names-auxiliary-bishop-of-los-angeles-oscar-solis-as-bishop-of-the-diocese-of-salt-lake-city

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UT—LDS church poised to fight subpoena in sexual abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release, January 7, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175)

The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Thomas S. Monson, has been subpoenaed by lawyers in a civil suit to answer questions about what Monson knows about accusations of sexual abuse in a church-run program on a Navajo reservation during the 1960s and 1970s. Monson is the only official from the time who is still alive. The LDS has indicated that they intend to try to quash the subpoena.

http://fox13now.com/2017/01/05/lds-church-president-thomas-s-monson-subpoenaed-again-for-deposition-in-sex-abuse-lawsuits/

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NY--Sex crime statute of limitations debate returns to New York, victims respond

For immediate release, January 6, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org, (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

New York’s families won a small victory today. Hopefully, the bill to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of child sex crimes will finally become a law in New York State. Then, child predators across New York will be exposed. Survivors will get healing and a sense of justice. 
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IL--Ex-Catholic school head arrested in Belleville area

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

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)

The former head of a Catholic school in Louisiana has been arrested in St. Clair County IL for alleged child sex crimes against two Metro East girls.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/20/former-school-head-accused-child-sexual-abuse/95658586/

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article120789713.html

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IN--Abuse victims challenge newly-elected bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Indiana bishop wins bid for national office

Victims challenge him to “do more to protect kids

Last month, a top Indiana Catholic official won his bid to head a national church sex abuse panel. Now, a victims group that supported him is urging him to “do more to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth about clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes.”

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_snap_s_20_steps_for_pope_francis

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MS--New bishop named; Victims are skeptical

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A new bishop is coming to the Biloxi Catholic diocese. Though we know little about him, we’re skeptical that Louis Kihneman will make Mississippi’s kids any safer.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-biloxi-bishop-humbled-joyed-by-his-appointment-73524/

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