IL-Child sex abuse reform bill passes IL Senate

In a huge victory for innocent kids and a huge defeat for child molesters, the Illinois Senate today passed a bill permanently lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sex crimes. (SB 1399, sponsored by Sen. Link and others)

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INTL- Video game mocks clergy abuse scandal, SNAP responds

Some will do anything - no matter  how hurtful - to make money. Shame on this video company. Heinous child sex crimes and cover ups, by Catholic officials or anyone, is no joking matter.

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CT- Former priest’s trial delayed for the 21st time, SNAP responds

It’s outrageous that a Connecticut priest, who is accused possessing child pornography  is delaying justice and exploiting technicalities. Is it any wonder that few victims of sexual violence and exploitation feel good about our justice system?

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MO-Priest is 9th local cleric accused of child porn; SNAP responds

In 2011, when he was suspended, Archbishop Robert Carlson’s public relations team said Fr. William Vatterott was accused of “inappropriate electronic communications.” Now, Fr. Vatterrott has been charged with child porn.

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IL- Alleged predator priest is sued; SNAP responds

Two men are suing the Chicago Catholic archdiocese and a former priest for alleged child sex crimes.

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PA- Victims want PA Catholic official to step down

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is calling on the head of a Latrobe, Pennsylvania Catholic abbey to step aside and a national Catholic panel to investigate charges that he sexually abused a young man.

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MO - Statements regarding Fr. Hederman

Below are three statements relating to Fr. Kevin Hederman, including a statement from a relative of a Hederman victim, a statement from a victim himself, and a statement from the friend of the victim.

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POL - Abuse group organized in Poland, SNAP applauds the effort

An organization to advocate for and help the survivors of clergy sex abuse in Poland is now being created.

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PA - Victims blast Pittsburgh bishop over recent announcement

A support group is blasting Pittsburgh's Catholic bishop over a short announcement to one parish about a credibly accused child-molesting cleric.

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IL - Group holds conference this weekend in Chicagoland

A leading advocacy organization will this weekend (April 19-21) hold a conference that will address the prevention and awareness of the past and present abuse of missionary children.

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OK - Victims blast early release for church staff

We’re very disappointed that the staffers from Victory Christian Church are getting released from their sentence. It seems that church criminals often get breaks that secular criminals don’t.

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Little Chance of Vatican Co-operation with Royal Commission due to Francis' Poor Record on Child Abuse

The Wall Street Journal this week revealed further evidence that Pope Francis is unlikely to break with longstanding Vatican tradition and surrender secret Vatican files on Australian child sexual abuse cases to the Royal Commission.

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