Media Statements

MN--Victims: Ruling means MN is in “forefront” of kids’ safety

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 30

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

Though many predator priests are now suspended from parishes, many church officials who shielded them have are now promoted. That’s why we applaud a new ruling in St. Cloud that lets a clergy sex abuse and cover up suit move forward. This decision will help police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public learn about who has and who is endangering kids and protecting predators.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2004/Court-Rules-That-Survivor%E2%80%99s-Public-Nuisance-Claim-Against-Diocese-of-St-Cloud-May-Proceed.aspx

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OR--Victims blasts Catholic officials on hidden camera

For immediate release: Monday, June 29

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

A priest kept quiet for a month and his archbishop kept quiet for another month about a hidden camera in a church restroom. Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample and Fr. Ysrael Bien both owe parents, parishioners and the public apologies and explanations. We hope that anyone who has information or suspicions about this crime will summon the strength to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2015/06/sherwood_priest_on_leave_as_po.html

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OH--Ousted abusive bishop back on the job

For immediate release: Monday, June 29, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, 925-708-6175 cell), Cappy Larson (cappy@rlarson.com, 415-637-2006)

Bishop retired for sexual misconduct is quietly reinstated

He now works as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church

Victims say it’s an “dangerous, deceptive and callous” move

SNAP wants Orthodox Church officials to take immediate action

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse recently received a phone tip that an Orthodox bishop retired for sexual misconduct was now working as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church.  

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MO--Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP

For us, this will be a draining distraction from our child safety work. But for these brave two families, we fear this will be much worse. Jiang’s victims are suffering. The parents of Fr. Jiang’s victims are suffering. All of them will now suffer even more.

Jiang fears being imprisoned. Carlson fears being exposed. If they can shut folks up, their wrongdoing stays hidden. That’s what this is all about – intimidating others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups into staying silent.

 

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CT--Justices rule in favor of abuse victims

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

Connecticut’s top Catholic official has lost his bid to overturn a crucial state child safety law. Shame on him for trying.

http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR317/317CR64.pdf

Ex-Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell and current Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair asked Connecticut’s Supreme Court to gut a measure that gives victims of child molesters more time to expose and deter those who commit or conceal child sex crimes.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ct_archbishop_blair_s_terrible_record_on_clergy_sex_crimes_and_cover_ups

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IN--Victims urge Notre Dame to act on predator

For immediate release: Friday, June 26

Statement by Barbra Graber, leader of SNAP Mennonite Chapter, Mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org, 540-214-8874

Officials at Notre Dame are refusing to admit widely-documented and repeated sexual misconduct by a high profile former professor who worked on campus for two decades. We call on university staff to investigate his abuse and school cover ups and reach out to his victims.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/allegations-sexual-harassment-against-john-howard-yoder-extend-notre-dame

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/why-write-story-allegations-against-john-howard-yoder

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MA--Victims want Catholics to do more re 3 predators

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25

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

Exactly three decade after he was suspended because of child sex crimes, the Vatican has defrocked one of Worcester’s most notorious predator priests, along with two other child molesting clerics. But local Catholic officials, who hid these decisions for at least six months, must do more.

http://www.catholicfreepress.org/local/2015/06/25/pope-laicizes-three-from-diocese/

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TN--Admitted predator priest loses again

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25

Statement by Susan Vance of Knoxville, Eastern TN SNAP leader (865-927-2923, 865-748-3518 cell, vancefamily1@comcast.net)

We’re glad that an increasingly desperate and manipulative predator priest has lost in court again. We hope his relentless legal maneuvers will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward, help prosecutors, protect kids and start healing.

http://wjhl.com/2015/06/25/judge-denies-request-of-former-priest-convicted-of-rape/

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PA--Victims applaud AG probe of monastery

For immediate release: Thursday, June 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)

We’re glad law enforcement are searching a Catholic institution where a serial child molesting cleric spent time. We hope current and former monastery staff and students with information about the predator will pick up the phone and call the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office immediately.

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8632412-74/diocese-attorney-abuse#axzz3e6io4LSN

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IL-- Ex-Chicago priest arrested on sex charge

immediate release: Thursday, June 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)

An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his former church colleagues and supervisors in Chicago to take action.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/29390060/pastor-accused-of-fondling-man-in-boardman-restaurant

http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/24/youngstown-pastor-faces-charge-of-sexual/

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TN--Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org,

Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

Group deplores secrecy by church officials

SNAP: Pastor “changed his tune” about abuse

Victims think he should be investigated & charged

Preacher “clearly filed false police report,” self-help organization says

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VA--Ex-Richmond pastor found guilty of child sex crimes in Texas

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

A jury has found a Richmond pastor guilty on seven counts of child sexual abuse.

The former pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, Geronimo Aguilar (a.k.a. Pastor G) was convicted by a Texas jury this afternoon. We applaud this verdict and hope it brings some comfort to Aguilar’s victims.

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