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MO- KC clergy abuse cases settle

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

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

Dozens of brave Kansas City men and women who were sexually assaulted as a child by priests have settled their abuse and cover up case against the KC Missouri diocese and its convicted bishop, Robert Finn.

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KY- Minister charged with sexual abuse of minor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Kentucky youth minister allegedly sexually abused and threatened one of his students. We are grateful to the brave victim who found the courage to speak up.

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MN- Clergy sexual abuse and cover-up case settles, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

This settlement and these promises are happening for two reasons: because caring victims take legal action and complicit officials fear trials. Let's never forget these two simple facts. So we desperately hope that no matter how this agreement plays out, we hope that men, women and kids who have been sexually violated by Minnesota priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers and other Catholic officials keep filing police reports and civil lawsuits. 

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WI- Clergy sexual abuse survivor is honored, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A courageous, compassionate and persistent clergy sex abuse victim who helped warn parents and the public about a serial child molesting Catholic cleric is being honored this weekend. He richly deserves it.

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OH- Televangelist allegedly ignored sexual abuse

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

An Ohio televangelist church leader allegedly hid multiple allegations of abuse and sexually abused parishioners and associates himself. We are grateful to the brave victims, witnesses, whistleblowers and journalists who have brought these horrendous accusations and deeds to light.

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AL- “Oust predatory Alabama Shiloh Baptist preacher now,” SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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)

It's an outrage that a minister who admits having sexually exploited congregants while infected with AIDS is still preaching at his church. 

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UK- Victims sue church over child sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Two victims of a now jailed Jehovah’s Witness elder are suing the church for failing to protect them from sexual abuse. We applaud the bravery of these two women and hope their courage inspires others to step forward.

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MN- Victims group comments on Twin Cities settlement

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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) 

Evidently, John Doe 1 has settled his civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese and the Winona diocese.

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AL- Baptist preacher sexually exploits flock

For immediate release: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An Alabama Baptist minister admits he misused church funds, took illicit drugs and seduced multiple female congregants while having AIDS. The real issue here, however, is clergy sexual misconduct. When a minister has any sexual contact with members of his flock, it’s wrong and hurtful and, in 17 states, illegal.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/alabama-pastor-confesses-ive-been-having-sex-with-church-members-and-i-have-aids/

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MN- Rochester priest should be suspended

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Rochester Catholic priest who hid clergy child sex crimes in Winona should be suspended.

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Rome- Victims hope Francis doesn't win Nobel Prize

For immediate release: Thursday, October 9, 2014

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 )

Some will be offended by our saying this, but we hope the esteemed Nobel committee does not award the Nobel Peace Prize to Pope Francis.

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VA- Minister guilty of abuse should be locked up for long time

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirgania@cox.net)

We urge a Virginia judge to give the maximum sentence to a minister who was just found guilty of child sex crimes. Kids are safest when child molesters are imprisoned. It’s not about punishment, it’s about prevention. It’s not about vengeance, it’s about prudence.

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