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Chile- Victims Applaud Appeals Court Judge Case Against Archdiocese

Judge Juan Manuel Munoz from the Appeals Court in Santiago, Chile has decided to move forward with a pre-lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago and predator priest Fernando Karadima. (www.lasegunada.com/Noticias/Nacional/2013/07/862983/karadima-es-cilado-a-deciarar-en-fase-previa-a-la-demandu-que-presentaran-contra-arzobispado)  

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MO- Parishioners praying for arrested priest; It's Carlson's fault

For immediate release: July 16, 2013

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

Those who commit child sex crimes are sick. They largely cannot help themselves.

Those who publicly back child sex offenders, however, are even more morally culpable. They deliberately choose to act in ways that hurt children. They should be ashamed of themselves.

This includes a group of young adults at the Cathedral parish. Tonight they were to hold a prayer service for Fr. Joseph Jiang. Fr. Jiang is accused of repeatedly molesting a girl last year. He’s been arrested and charged

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FL- Former Catholic teacher arrested on sex charges now found with child porn

For immediate release: Tuesday July 16, 2013

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 former Catholic school teacher arrested on sex charges with minors has now been found with child pornography on his computer. Stephen Budd was arrested in April for offering candy to two then 9-year-old female students for sexual activity and is now being charged with possession of child pornographic images and videos.

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Victims to new pope: Honor the treaty, provide the information, meet the deadline

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 16

Statement by Mary Caplan of Manhattan, NY area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan@aol.com)

Last week, a United Nations committee requested information from the Vatican about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

It’s a straightforward and reasonable request. But it’s also an historic and encouraging request.

It’s historic because, until now, no truly independent, international body has ever really sought extensive information from high-ranking Catholic officials about this on-going crisis.

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PA- Former registered sex offender priest resurfaces in community non-profit

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 former priest and registered sex offender has resurfaced at a non-profit in Wilkes-Barre. Robert Timchak works for In The Gap, a group that helps turns vacant lots into residential buildings.

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CA- Bishops lobby against child sex abuse law; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 16

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

According to today’s LA Times, California Catholic officials are waging an expensive lobbying campaign against a bill that would expose predators, help victims, protect kids and deter wrongdoing.

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CT- Priest suspended after sex abuse of a minor allegation

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

An East Windsor priest, Rev. Paul Gotta, has been placed on administrative leave while investigations take place over a complaint about the sexual abuse of a minor.

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MO- Victims group applauds family for speaking out against abuser

For immediate release: July 12, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

First, we commend this brave family for cooperating with law enforcement. That takes courage and compassion.

It’s always easiest to do nothing. It’s always tempting to believe an adult over a child (especially a trusted religious authority figure). It’s always easy to naively assume that wrongdoing was unintentional or a one time “slip.” It’s always appealing to worry strictly about oneself and let others worry about protecting other kids.

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ON- Former principal pleads guilty to child pornography

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

A former Niagara Falls principal and priest at a Catholic high school has been convicted of possession of child pornography. After pleading guilty, Rheal LeBlanc was sentenced to 14 days in jail to be carried out on the weekends.

This punishment is unfit for this heinous crime. Child pornography is often an indication of larger, more threatening issues. A full investigation into his history must take place in order to insure that LeBlanc is not a threat to children. 

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MA- Group applauds man for suing predator priest

For immediate release: July 11, 2013

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 victim of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield as well as against Bishop McDonnell and a former pastor for allowing abuse by Fr. Paul Archambault to occur for years.

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Vitcims blast Pope’s “tiny tweaking” of abuse rule

For immediate release: July 11, 2013

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

For the Vatican’s image, this is a successful move. For children’s safety, this is another setback.

It’s a setback because it will help foster the false impression of reform and will lead to more complacency.

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OK- Tulsa pastor charged with sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday July 10, 2013

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 Tulsa pastor, Rev. Gregory Hawkins, was charged with sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The 15-year-old girl is now five months pregnant with Hawkins’ child. Hawkins is also the owner of Zion Child Care & Learning Center.

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