Media Statements and Events

FL--Massage therapist is guilty of battery; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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)

We are grateful that a judge found an ex-West Boca Massage Envy staffer guilty of battery on a female client. We hope Raymond L. Smith Jr. never again works as a massage therapist and that others with information or suspicions about his crimes will come forward, get help, call police, protect others and deter employers from acting recklessly, callously and deceitfully in such cases.

http://www.wpbf.com/news/judge-rules-guilty-verdict-in-case-involving-west-boca-massage-envy/39472196

We applaud this brave woman for doing her moral and civic duty by reporting Smith to law enforcement. We hope others who may be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame will do likewise.

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PA--Penn State president should resign over abuse remarks

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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)

Penn State University’s president should resign. If he doesn’t, he should be forced out by university trustees. At a bare minimum, he should be severely disciplined.

He’s making a tragic situation worse by attacking victims, adding to their pain, and discouraging others who are suffering from protecting kids by speaking up and exposing predators.

http://news.psu.edu/story/409338/2016/05/08/president/president-shares-letter-university-community-regarding-recent

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