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TN - Priest seeks to have conviction overturned, SNAP responds

A priest convicted of sex crimes in 2011 is seeking to have his conviction overturned. We are unsure of on what grounds Fr. William Casey is using to try to get his conviction on charges of aggravated rape overturned. Whatever it is, we hope that his appeal is tossed out.

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HI - Victims blast local high school

Victims of sexual abuse are blasting a Honolulu high school for publicizing a scholarship named after a three-time accused predator priest.

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VT - Victims push bishop for names and outreach

Last week, for the first time, a now-deceased Vermont priest was identified in a civil settlement as a possible child molester. That revelation is prompting a support group to prod the state's Catholic bishop to release names of other accused clerics and aggressively seek out their victims.

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OH - Youngstown Catholic predator “outed;” SNAP responds

Youngstown Catholic officials kept silent for more than three years about multiple credible child sex accusations against a Catholic school teacher. What else are they hiding?

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PA - SNAP blasts candlelight vigil for Joe Paterno as “sad and frustrating”

Next Tuesday's candlelight vigil for Joe Paterno is a tragedy. Honoring Joe Paterno - a man who failed to act in any way to protect kids from a serial predator on his staff - will do nothing but bring more pain to child sex abuse victims, both those in central Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

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MO - Predator priest awaits decision

Both sides in an unusual, high profile clergy sex abuse case have filed their final briefs so a Boonville judge may rule any day now on whether to let an already once-convicted pedophile priest go free or set a trial date for him. 

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PA - Sex Abuse Victims Seek Help From Bishop

An accused predator priest, who quit his job in Philadelphia last week also worked in Pittsburgh. Now, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims wants Pittsburgh Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by him.”

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TN - Pastor named in child sex suit; SNAP responds

Today's Washington Post reports that a Tennessee pastor has been accused, in a new civil lawsuit filed in Maryland, of:

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FL- Miami predator priest makes deal; SNAP responds

For almost 35 years, Miami Catholic officials have known about credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Neil Doherty. Only now, however, is Fr. Doherty finally pleading guilty to criminal charges.

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Aus- Courage of Commissioners more important than their backgrounds

What matters most are not the professional backgrounds of the individuals chosen for this role. What matters most is their courage. Time and time again, we've seen people with impressive credentials "tread lightly" when investigating powerful institutions and their officials.

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Aus- Terms of Reference released, SNAP responds

Survivors  who were concerned about the potential for Commissioners having a conflict of interest or lack  of impartiality can be reassured that the large contingent of commissioners chosen appears to be as appropriate as possible for the purpose of getting to the truth.

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Aus- Abuse inquiry Terms of Reference announced, SNAP responds

We applaud the prime minister for establishing this inquiry and setting the terms of reference.

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