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We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

A New Victim in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Steps Forward

Another victim has come forward to the police alleging sexual assault by Father Manuel Larosa-Lopez while the survivor was an altar boy in the early to mid 1990’s while Fr. LaRosa-Lopez was in seminary.  At the time of the abuse, the victim reported the abuse to the local supervising priest but no action was taken to remove Fr. LaRosa-Lopez from the seminary. Instead, Fr. LaRosa-Lopez was ordained into ministry.

Seven Dioceses in Michigan Served with Search Warrants

Yesterday, investigators and law enforcement empowered by Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette served search warrants at seven dioceses across the state, seizing misconduct records and other files related to potential abuse and cover-up cases.

This kind of action is exactly what we mean when we call for independent investigations. Rather than hoping for a voluntary release of files, Schuette compelled their release and in doing so ensured that he received all records, not just those that officials had deemed OK to be released. Given that the latter has been seen as recently as two weeks in Buffalo, it is understandable why AG Schuette chose to execute his warrants this way.

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