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NY--Victims blast NY bishop over just-accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 21, 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)

Once again, Long Island’s Catholic bishop is mishandling the case of a predator priest.

http://liherald.com/malverne/stories/Malverne-pastor-steps-down,80833

Church policies require Bishop Murphy to suspend Fr. Frank Parisi from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne, not just let him voluntarily step down for an unspecified time.

Those same policies require Murphy to be “open and transparent” about these serious and credible child sex abuse charges, not minimize and mis-characterize them by calling them “inappropriate” and “misconduct.”

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MA--Victims urge BU/Tanglewood to oust accused musician

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 21, 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)

A Boston University musician who faces a recent, pending civil lawsuit charging that he sexually harassed two college students apparently was or is teaching high school kids for two week at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts. This is an extraordinarily careless and reckless move.  We urge BU President Robert A. Brown (the highest paid college president in the state) to reverse this move, keep Eric Ruske off campus and away from teenagers and young people at any BU site or program and apologize for his irresponsible behavior.

In April, in a civil lawsuit, Ruske was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing two college students.

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