Media Statements and Events

IA--Abuse victim discloses settlement with Sioux City Diocese

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

Abuse victim discloses settlement with Sioux City Diocese

He's glad church officials have been responsive to his pain

But he’s still pushing for more openness in the Church

Survivor also vows to continue “to find and help others in pain”

Twenty years after he first reported his childhood sexual abuse to Sioux City Catholic officials, a San Francisco man has received a settlement for the injuries he suffered at the hands of a now deceased priest.

 

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PA--Victims blast Penn State for honoring Paterno

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 1, 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)

Penn State’s decision to honor Joe Paterno is stunningly callous. It shows that the joy of alums matters more than the pain of victims.

We will likely never know, really, how much or how little Paterno knew or suspected, if anything, about Sandusky’s horrific crimes. Had he lived, Paterno might have been completely exonerated. Or, conceivably, he might have been convicted and jailed.

But based on decades of research, here’s what we DO know: One four women on campus were sexually violated as youngsters. One in eight men on campus were too. These stats hold true nationwide.

 

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