Media Statements

VT- Professor accused of child abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 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) 

A faculty member at Norwich University in Vermont is accused of molesting a boy at a New York Catholic school. We urge college officials to suspend the professor immediately.

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NJ- SNAP: "Where predator now?" He was close to ex-NJ governor

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy (314 566 9790,davidgclohessy@gmail.com) Mark Crawford (732 632 7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

Where's predator priest now?” victims ask

A dozen years later, Vatican finally defrocks him

But bishop told only a small group of parishioners

SNAP: “Public needs to know where offender is now”

Ex-spiritual advisor to former governor McGreevey is defrocked 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is writing Metuchen’s Catholic bishop urging him to reveal the whereabouts of a recently-defrocked abusive priest and explain why he only told some parishioners – and not the broader public – that the priest has been defrocked.

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Rome- Vatican claims “house arrest” for defrocked archbishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 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)

Vatican officials in Rome claim they have put an accused child molesting ex-archbishop on house arrest. We're skeptical.

Josef Wesolowski faces allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic. We are grateful that this action has finally been taken, feel it should have happened months ago, and believe it's better if secular authorities are able to jail and prosecute Wesolowski.

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FL- Diocese sued for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

The Diocese of Venice is being sued for allegedly covering up child sexual abuse. We are grateful to the victim for having the courage to hold his perpetrator and those who covered it up accountable.

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MI- Allegations against priest deemed credible, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 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)

Child sexual abuse allegations against a Michigan priest have been deemed credible by church officials. We are glad they have come to this conclusion and hope they do more than just the bare minimum to ensure the safety of children.

We are also grateful to the brave victims who came forward and reported their abuse. Their actions will help protect other children.

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MA- Victims challenge new Fall River Catholic bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 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)

Tomorrow, Fall River Catholics officially get a new bishop.

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NY- Priest on probation abuses again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 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) 

A New York priest, who has been on probation since 2008 for child sex crimes, has struck again. He's allegedly been caught abusing a six year old girl, who now has a sexually transmitted disease. Our hearts ache for this innocent girl who might never have been hurt had church officials acted responsibly. 

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MN- Notorious predator worked at church Nienstedt is at tonight

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 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)

One of the most prolific child molesting clerics in the US sexually assaulted a boy at the Inver Grove Heights church where Archbishop John Nienstedt will hold his “healing mass” tonight.

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CT- Oral arguments heard today, SNAP responds

 For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 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)

The Connecticut Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in a case that could be monumental for children.

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IL- SNAP flier to Cupich's new flock

While celebrating Cupich, remember children and help us protect them from predators

We're sorry to intrude on your Sunday morning here in Chicago, and the new archbishop's arrival, but we respectfully feel compelled to raise a few questions:

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MN- Victims on archbishop's 'healing mass' tonight

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 2014

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

Tonight, Archbishop Nienstedt has scheduled a “healing mass” for clergy sex abuse victims.

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CA- Church worker secretly recorded female parishioners; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 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)

An employee at a Salinas church has been arrested after a camera was found in the female bathroom. We are saddened by this gross violation and hope church officials will do everything in their power to reach out to others who may have been victimized.

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