Media Statements

Victims blast Franco Harris over his Paterno comments

For immediate release: Monday, July 18

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790314-645-5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Shame on Franco Harris for his continuing callous remarks about child sex abuse victims. We beg him to stop, think about what he’s saying and start caring more about vulnerable children and suffering adults and less about football figures. We urge him to apologize.

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/college/psu/football/2016/07/13/former-penn-state-players-still-support-joe-paterno/87029982/

Last week, the ex-Pittsburgh Steelers player cast doubt on the Jerry Sandusky victim who said, under oath, that decades ago, he promptly reported the abuse he suffered to Joe Paterno and other PSU staff.

The York Dispatch reported that Harris said he “had doubts about the veracity of the statements” by Sandusky victims.

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IL--Notorious Belleville predator priest dies

For immediate release: Monday, June 27

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Local Catholic officials have kept hidden the passing of Robert Vonnahmen, one of the area's most notorious pedophile priests. He died in a nursing home in Highland, Illinois on, or near, May 9 and his Catholic funeral was  apparently held on May 12 in Elizabethtown, Illinois where he was buried.     

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MO--Church & non-profit must act now on child sex charges

For immediate release: Thursday, July 13

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)

A Kansas City area pastor who is also a homeless shelter staffer faces child sex charges. It’s now the duty of both institutions – church and shelter – to aggressively seek out others with information or suspicions about his crimes, so that law enforcement can successfully prosecute the pastor.

http://www.republic-online.com/news/local_news/article_3ae72fbd-716b-5707-ba6a-f18379d61f3b.html  

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NH--Victims want minister fired from NH private school

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 13, 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)

A minister should be immediately fired and others should be harshly disciplined at a New Hampshire private school where sexual violence has been hidden and law enforcement has been ignored.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/12/phillips-exeter-academy-under-fire-again-for-its-handling-sexual-misconduct-allegations/UlfO1FgtbFEvWAQcEK7grN/story.html

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AL--Catholic official arrested for child porn; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An Alabama Catholic official has been charged with child pornography. Now, Birmingham diocesan staff, including the bishop himself, must aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by

John Lindbergh Ellard Martin of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

http://whnt.com/2016/07/12/live-stream-madison-county-sheriffs-office-holds-press-conference-on-child-pornography-arrest/

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CA--L.A. coach – an ex-Penn State staffer – should speak up now, victims say

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 12, 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)

Four ex-Penn State coaches, including one now in Los Angeles, have been implicated in newly-released records concerning Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.

We call on these former PSU staffers to publicly address allegations and suggestions that they knew about or suspected child sex crimes by Sandusky but did little or nothing to stop them or report them to police.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/testimony-documents-allege-joe-paterno-knew-child-abuse/story?id=40522392

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PA--Victims beg Paterno family to “face facts & end denial”

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Damage to the Paterno family name is becoming increasingly self-inflicted as relatives of the controversial coach continue to deny evidence that he was told long about Jerry Sandusky’s child sex crimes. It’s a sad and hurtful sight.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160713_Judge_unseals_records_on_claim_Paterno_knew_about_Sandusky_abuse.html

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NC--Accused church child molester was also in Charlotte

For immediate release: Monday, July 11, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A South Carolina native who spent time in Charlotte and was a teacher and church elder is now accused of molesting a child. We urge his former Jehovah’s Witness colleagues and supervisors – in SC, NC and California (where he now faces criminal charges) to aggressively seek out any current or former church members who may have also been hurt by this predator.

http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/crime/article88025877.html

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CA--Disgraced archbishop attends Napa conference this weekend; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 8, 2016

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

We have just learned that a disgraced archbishop, who resigned amid numerous allegations that he committed and concealed clergy sexual misconduct, will be leading two services at a conference at the Meritage Hotel in the Napa Valley this weekend.

We urge conference organizers to disinvite the controversial prelate and attendees to withdraw from the event unless that happens immediately. It’s especially important that Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa take action, since the conference is in his diocese.  http://napa-institute.org/conference/conference-schedule-and-brochure/

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NJ--Delbarton whistleblower trial approaches; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We strongly suspect that the former Delbarton coach is telling the truth when he says that school officials retaliated against him for reporting suspected sex crimes and sexual misconduct by Fr. Luke Travers. Time and time again, Catholic priests and bishops have tried to punish those who speak up about abuse reports and rumors.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2016/07/ex-coach_suing_delbarton_and_ex-headmaster.html

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RI toughens mandatory reporting law; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud the brave and compassionate Rhode Island abuse victims and children’s advocates who have won reforms in the state’s mandatory reporting law. We hope state lawmakers will now take a crucial next step and relax or repeal Rhode Island’s archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations, the single biggest obstacle that prevents child sex abuse victims from protecting kids and exposing cover ups.

http://ripr.org/post/governor-signs-bill-closing-st-georges-loophole

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KS-- Big KC church denies trying to “out” young victims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, July 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Officials at a Kansas City church are bullying two girls – ages 11 year old and a 13 year old and their mom. Now, the church’s lawyer is trying to deny the bullying.

A mother and her daughters are suing Westside Family Church in Lenexa. The mom wants to continue protecting the privacy and recovery of her daughters who were sexually violated by a serial predator who helped with Vacation Bible School.

But Westside wants a judge to “out” them and prevent them from moving forward as “Jane Does.” For decades, however, judges in the US have let crime victims seek justice while safeguarding their anonymity. This is especially true when kids are involved.

The church’s motion, filed in Johnson County Court, starts with this phrase: “Westside requests that this Court deny the plaintiffs’ motion (for) a pseudonym.”

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