Media Statements

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WV--Victims blast Mormon officials in “bizarre” abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16

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

In an outrageous perversion of justice, victims of a twice-convicted serial child molester are being forced to pay half the legal fees of two court-appointed private lawyers in a civil abuse and cover up case, thanks to stunningly callous and aggressive legal tactics by Mormon church officials.

http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/632521/Appeals-court-to-hear-sexual-abuse-case.html?nav=5006   


VA--More abuse cases settle vs. notorious Catholic cleric

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (h: 636.433.2511, c: 314.974.5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

More civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits involving one of the most prolific child molesting clerics in the US have settled. He's Brother Stephen P. Baker who worked in Norfolk Virginia and four other states (Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio).

http://www.tribdem.com/news/attorney-former-bishop-mccort-students-will-receive-each-in-sexual/article_c7c3af2c-e31f-11e4-a8d5-d30baac52e50.html   


Canada--Victims blast Catholic school officials for “dangerous secrecy”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 15

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

Shame on Bruce Campbell and every official with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for their reckless, callous and dangerous practice of secrecy in child sex abuse cases.

http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/5558621-sex-abuse-allegations-kept-under-wraps-at-catholic-board/   


IL--Victims to Joliet Catholic officials: “More to be done”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 15

Statement by Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

Now that Joliet Catholic officials have settled more child sex abuse and cover up cases – involving five priests, 14 victims and $4.137 million – the question is “What will Joliet’s bishops do now to protect kids from and help other victims of the 39 publicly accused predator priests in this relatively small diocese?”   


CA -- Victims blast ruling reducing church abuse award

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

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

The largest jury award ever in a church child sex abuse and cover up case has been reduced by an appeals court. This is a heart-breaking ruling that will mean more children will be sexually assaulted, more predators will go undetected and more employers will act more recklessly, callously and deceitfully.

http://www.revealnews.org/article/california-court-guts-child-abuse-ruling-against-jehovahs-witnesses/


CA--Victims blast Archdiocese’s move to “clear” accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

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)

Quietly and with little explanation, LA Catholic officials have reversed themselves on a twice-accused predator priest. That priest has now been put back to work. This is incredibly reckless.

http://www.kuam.com/story/28794438/2015/04/14/archdiocese-reinstates-priest-following-la-investigation   


MS--Predator priest worked in MS; Victims urge outreach

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 Catholic priest who worked in Mississippi is the subject of a recently-filed child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit in Texas. We call on Mississippi’s two bishops to aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by the child molesting cleric.  

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2015/03/fort_worth_sex_abuse_claim.php   


Rome--Victims to Pope: No "face-saving" on Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Saturday, April 11

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

We beg Francis – again - to both discipline Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid and do so quickly and clearly without the familiar and disingenuous kinds of maneuvers and denials that Catholic officials make in a frustrating and hurtful "face saving" way.  


Rome--Victims encouraged by O’Malley mtg re Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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

We’re encouraged that four abuse victims will meet this weekend with Cardinal Sean O’Malley about Pope Francis’ irresponsible appointment of a corrupt Chilean bishop.

But every single member of the pontiff’s commission should be shouting from the rooftops about this callous and hurtful appointment that will only discourage other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from exposing clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/vatican-abuse-commission-members-hope-meet-francis-about-chilean-bishop           


PA--Victims seek more action re accused PA priest

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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 disappointed that Fr. Andrew McCormick won’t be retried. But we hope that others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will now speak out. And we urge Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput to use his vast resources to reach out to any other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers who may have knowledge or suspicions about possible wrongdoing by Fr. McCormick.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150411_After_two_hung_juries__priest_accused_of_sexually_assaulting_boy_will_not_be_retried.html   


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