US - Sex abuse victims blast Scout “excuses” on abuse files

Today, thousands of pages of long-secret Boy Scout files about child sex crimes and cover ups are being released. Our heart aches for every child who was assaulted by Scout personnel, especially those who were sexually violated after Scout executives knew or suspected that the assailant was a child molester.

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PA- Archdiocese of Philly announces new review board, SNAP responds

It's the structure, not the membership, of this board that's the problem. As long as the archbishop picks every single member and as long as the board depends almost strictly on church officials for information, it will lack effectiveness, objectivity and credibility.

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IN - Indianapolis gets new Archbishop, SNAP responds

Today, according to the Vatican Insider, the Pope appointed Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who currently heads the Congregation for religious in Rome, to be the new archbishop of Indianapolis.

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WI- Wisconsin abuse victims push to open files

Wisconsin abuse victims push to open files

Hundreds of pages may implicate NY's Cardinal

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PA - Victims blast Chaput for putting priest back on the job

Apparently, Chaput has unilaterally revised the American bishops’ child sex abuse policy. For years, it officially was “one strike and you’re out.” Now, in Philly at least, it’s become “one strike and you’re in.” Chaput is putting Fr. Joseph DiGregorio back on the job, in part, because “no other complaints were reported.” 

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FL - Accused priest speaks in Orlando

A Catholic priest who faces at least six allegations of sexual harassment is scheduled to speak tomorrow at religious conference in Orlando. 

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OK - SNAP blasts church officials’ legal technicalities in Tulsa

It is extremely distressing how church officials at Victory Christian Center have handled this case revolving around the rape of a 13-year-old girl on church property.

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OH - Ex-Columbus priest on trial for child sex charges

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Columbus Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out” anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by a former priest who is facing criminal charges right now. 

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CANADA - SNAP praises Bishop for speaking out against abuse, urges action

We are grateful any time clergy sex crimes and cover ups are publicly discussed. We applaud Bishop Dunn for raising this issue before his fellow church officials.

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NM - Organist in New Mexico sentenced for child porn, SNAP responds

A former organist was today given 7 ½ years behind bars for spreading child pornography.

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WV - Wheeling bishop rejects victims’ plea

West Virginia’s top Catholic official is rejecting a plea from clergy sex abuse victims for a public meeting about child sex abuse allegations against him. Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Michael Bransfield said, through his spokesman, that he will not hold a question and answer session to discuss the accusations, first disclosed six months ago in a Philadelphia courtroom. 

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WV - Letter to Bishop Bransfield of Wheeling, WV

Dear Bishop Bransfield:

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable and expose the truth about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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