Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

MN--Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese is charged; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We’re glad the Twin Cities archdiocese is being charged. But the credit goes to brave Minnesota victims who have stepped forward and exposed wrongdoing. Their civil lawsuits, police reports and courage has made this happen.


MN--Bishop holds town hall meeting

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

We're glad Bishop Paul Sirba met with one parish about Fr. Brian Lederer.

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/bishop-leads-q-a-session-on-charged-priest/article_0d588b9e-0b29-11e5-bd32-97b96d2746ff.html   


DC--Hastert victim’s family speaks

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

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

“When you defend a predator, your words hurt.” That’s the lesson many should learn from the pain of the Reinboldt family.

Our hearts ache for the Reinboldt family, whose brother Steve was sexually abused as a youngster by Dennis Hastert.  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named/story?id=31530828  


NC--Convicted predator priest appeals again; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3

Statement by Susan Vance of Knoxville, Eastern TN SNAP leader (865-927-2923, 865-748-3518 cell, vancefamily1@comcast.net)

McDowell County, N.C., during a Monday morning appearance in General Sessions Court, according to Greene County Circuit Court Clerk Gail Davis Jeffers.

On Monday evening, Capt. Victor Hollifield, of the McDowell County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department said by telephone from Marion, N.C.

We're sad that an admitted predator priest is rubbing salt into the wounds of his victims by making yet another desperate legal move to escape responsibility for his heinous crimes by exploiting legal technicalities.

http://m.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/former-priest-convicted-of-rape-is-seeking-post-conviction-relief/article_d08a027a-8e7d-5bfd-ae27-f6f71ecd553c.html?mode=jqm


DC--Victims call for removal of Hastert’s portrait in Congress

 For immediate release: Thursday, June 4

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)

To help abuse victims and deter cover ups, we call on House speaker John Boehner to take down the portrait of Dennis Hastert in the Capitol.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/243816-hastert-questions-consume-capitol  


OH--Victims want pastor disciplined for helping sex offender

For immediate release: Thursday, June 4

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Church staff help sex offender

Victims denounce their letters

Bishop should reprimand pastor, group says

SNAP: “He should visit parish & educate his flock

At least ten staff, volunteers or members of a Cleveland Catholic church wrote a judge seeking a shorter prison term for a convicted child sex offender who brandished a gun at a police officer. A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Cleveland’s top Catholic official to visit the parish and discipline the pastor.   


NY--Prosecutor seeks info on rabbi

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3

Statement by Mary Caplan of Manhattan, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917-439-4187, Mcaplan682@aol.com)

We’re grateful that Bronx prosecutors are using their bully pulpit to beg possible victims of a rabbi to come forward. At the same time, we’re disappointed in synagogue officials who are selfishly acting timid and callous.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/nyregion/rabbi-rosenblatt-bronx-prosecutors-ask-people-to-come-forward.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news   


KY--Louisville archbishop should help in child porn case

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3

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

A teacher and coach at a Louisville Catholic school is accused of possessing child pornography. We challenge Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered this man’s crimes and help law enforcement more effectively prosecute him.

http://www.lex18.com/story/29225717/louisville-high-school-teacher-faces-federal-child-porn-charges


ND--Predator priest from ND passes away

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

For more information:

David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Predator priest from ND passes away

Victims urge Catholic bishops to “do outreach

“Others may be suffering in shame and silence,” SNAP says

Attorney believes he may have assaulted at  least 100 children

A credibly accused child molesting Catholic priest from North Dakota has passed away and a support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging two bishops to “aggressively reach out” to others he may have hurt.

Last week, Catholic officials at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville Minnesota announced that Fr. Richard Eckroth has died.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/30/st-johns-abbey-priest-accused-of-child-sexual-abuse-dies/

 

 


AUSTRALIA - Cardinal Pell threatens to sue brave survivor and outspoken advocate

For immediate release Monday, June 1, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We should be grateful, at some level, that the planet’s second most powerful Catholic prelate is threatening legal action against victim of two predator priests.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32955014


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