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).

IN--Group warns: Praising Hastert may silence other victims

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

I was abused in high school by a popular teacher, Thomas Hodgman (who teaches now at Adrian College in Michigan).

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2005_05_20_Erb_AdrianCollege.htm


IL--Group urges outreach to other Hastert victims

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

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

Let's not sugar-coat what former House speaker Dennis Hastert did. If it involves a student, it was sexual abuse. It wasn't "a relationship." It wasn't "misconduct." It was a hurtful and illegal abuse of power by an influential, popular teacher over a vulnerable youngster.   


TX--Accused Notre Dame predator priest still on the job; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

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

Catholic officials are putting innocent children at risk by keeping an accused predator priest on the job even though he was sued for child sex abuse more last week ago.

We demand that staff at Notre Dame, the Ft. Wayne diocese and the San Antonio diocese suspend him immediately. They are acting recklessly and callously and are breaking the US bishops’ child sex abuse policy.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/breaking-notre-dame-priest-and-professor-named-in-texas-sexual-assult-lawsuit/33232748


TX--Dallas church apologizes to wife of sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

An officials at a large Dallas church says he’ll apologize on Sunday to a woman whose mistreatment by church officials has generated a firestorm of protest. We’re not impressed by the pastor’s promises.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.village.church.on.karen.hinkley.we.believe.we.owe.her.an.apology/54932.htm


POLAND/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- Polish official visits Dominican Republic to discuss alleged sex crimes by Archbishop Józef Wesołowski

For immediate release: Friday, May 29, 2015

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

 

We are grateful that a Polish official has gone to the Dominican Republic to discuss alleged child sex crimes by Polish Catholic clerics. We hope the trip results in secular criminal charges against one cleric and more charges against the other.

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/208518,Attorney-General-in-Dominican-Republic-over-child-abuse-cases


MO--Protestant whistleblower quits at college; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

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 Bible college professor has quit his job over a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. It’s heart-breaking.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/vocal-critic-of-florissant-church-out-of-job-at-local/article_ca3b8ec9-0513-57e5-b52a-0830f75be53e.html


OH--Priest helps sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

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

We are grateful that Nordonia Hills school board president James Virost resigned today and we hope that Fr. Ralph Wiatrowsky of St. Barnabas will soon be disciplined. Both men wrote a judge essentially urging a lighter sentence for a convicted child sex offender (former Nordonia Hills school board President Steve Bittel). They should be ashamed of themselves.

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/summit-county/2015/05/26/nordonia-hills-school-board-president-resigns/27949369/ 


MN--Predator priest passes away

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

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

We are glad that a predator priest has passed away and can no longer hurt kids. We’re glad too that his victims can hopefully sleep better at night knowing that he can’t assault any more children.

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2015/05/28/monk-repeatedly-accused-sex-abuse-dies-abbey/28082411/

http://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/news/obituary-fr-richard-william-eckroth-osb/   


MI--Predator priest is indicted; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

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)

An already convicted and imprisoned serial predator priest is being indicted today in Michigan on more child sex charges. (He pled not guilty.) This should happen more often.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is filing more child sex charges against James Francis Rapp who allegedly molested kids at Jackson Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson in the 1980s.


AR-- Duggar sued state abuse agency; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

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)

It’s time for the Duggar family to break their silence about admitted child sex crimes by one of their own, especially in light of new revelations that they sued an Arkansas child safety agency. And it’s time for an independent law enforcement investigation into this serious matter.

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/duggar-molestation-case-another-bombshell-revealed-josh-sued-the-arkansas-department-of-human-services-59201

http://www.people.com/article/19-kids-counting-cancelation-jim-bob-michelle-duggar-josh-duggar-molestation-reports


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