Media Statements

HI--Victims blast judge for predator’s light sentence

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

We're appalled that an admitted child molesting teacher may spend just a year in prison.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/28397491/former-sacred-hearts-teacher-sentenced-for-sexually-assaulting-student   

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UT--Victims back Utah white collar crime registry BUT. . .

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

Utah may create the nation’s first registry of white collar criminals. We applaud this move but urge lawmakers to also consider a registry of those convicted of failure to report suspected child sex crimes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/business/dealbook/utah-passes-white-collar-felon-registry.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news  

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SC--Victims blast Bob Jones University over “inaction”

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We are dreadfully disappointed in Bob Jones University officials who refuse to reform in the wake of a thorough investigation into how sexual crimes and cover ups happened at the school.

We join victims of abuse and betrayal at BJU who feel very let down by the obvious inaction by top university staffers.

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2015/03/10/bob-jones-university-issues-response-to-grace-report/24697779/  

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RI--Victims urge caution with RI Catholic boarding school

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried that a controversial, secretive Catholic group will open a boarding school in Rhode Island.

http://www.valleybreeze.com/2015-03-11/observer-smithfield-west/legion-christ-open-overbrook-academy-boarding-school#.VQGt3fnF_Mh   

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FL--Naples priest accused of child sex abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

A Naples priest is accused of molesting a child. We urge Naples’ bishop to visit his parish this weekend begging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him to call police.

http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/archdiocese-investigates-30-year-old-sexual-abuse-claim-20150311  

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WA--Victims worried about new Spokane bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried about Spokane’s new bishop and how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

Thomas Anthony Daly has spent time in the San Francisco archdiocese (26 publicly accused predator priests) and the San Jose diocese (12 publicly accused predator priests). He was promoted to head a seminary by the highly controversial and secretive Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.   

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KY--Victims worried about new Lexington bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried about Lexington’s new bishop and how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

In a 2008 interview, Rev. John Stowe made three troubling comments about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/01_02/2008_01_25_Gonzalez_SiftingThrough.htm  

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ME--Victims beg others to come forward on trial’s eve

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Soon a cleric accused of child sex crimes will go on trial, and it’s never too late for those who saw, suspected or suffered his wrongdoing to step forward. We hope more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers will find the courage to call law enforcement about Adam Metropoulos of Bangor.

http://wabi.tv/2015/03/11/trial-to-start-against-bangor-priest-accused-of-sex-crimes/  

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KY--New Lexington bishop may be named tomorrow

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A noted Vatican observer and blogger, Rocco Palmo, says that tomorrow the Vatican will name a new Catholic bishop for the Lexington Diocese.   

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MN--Notorious MN predator priest defrocked

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Father Curtis Wehmeyer has apparently been defrocked by the Vatican. The recklessness and callousness shown by Twin Cities Catholic officials in this case is among the most egregious that we've seen in the past decade.   

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MA--Letter from mom of Bill Cosby victim

                     An open letter to Dr. Camille Cosby, from one Mother to another Mother

After meeting your husband in 1988, I felt that I knew you both.  The similarities in our lives as young adults in the mid 60’s were striking!  Both our husband’s names are “Bill” for William, both born in July and the same sign, both college graduates, both black fraternity men, both successful in their professions, and both with a unique sense of humor too.  As couples we met in the same city of Washington, DC and visited the same venues as dating couples: Ben’s Chilly Bowl, Rock Creek Park, Howard’s campus and games, The Cellar Door, and others. You married in 1964 in Olney, MD not far from where we later lived. We married in 1965 in DC.  All of our children have pursued higher education. Our son was in college in 1988. Our value system is rather “old school” as is yours from what I know.    

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MO--More Catholic abuse records to be turned over

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Last year, a St. Louis judge ordered the Catholic archdiocese to turn over to a victim’s lawyer church abuse and cover up records over a 20 year span.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/07_08/2014_07_07_Lilly_Post-Dispatch_Settlement_Settlement.htm   

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