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).

PA -- Group seeks victims of ex-western PA minister

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.comdavidgclohessy@gmail.com

Pastor sentenced for child sex abuse

Prosecutor says he was in Mercer County PA

Group seeks “victims, witnesses & whistleblowers

It urges “anyone with info” to “speak up & get help


MN--Victims challenge Winona priests re 2 new predators

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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

Two more names of Minnesota predator priests have been made public. We challenge every priest in the Winona diocese to mention their names at masses this weekend and beg anyone who has been hurt by the clerics to come forward and get help.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1965/News-Release-Two-Priest-Added-to-Diocese-of-Winona-List.aspx   


PA--Victims praise Sue Paterno for generous prevention work

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 commend Sue Paterno for funding an abuse program in Pennsylvania universities. We urge others in the Penn State community to follow her lead and donate to efforts that help prevent and detect child sex crimes.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/04/10/Paterno-family-has-key-role-in-sex-abuse-prevention-effort/stories/201504100139  


MN--Victims “disappointed” church court delay

For immediate release: Thursday, April 9

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

We’re disappointed that Catholic officials are already seeking to delay the bankruptcy process.

http://www.startribune.com/local/299198381.html  


PA--Victims blast Penn State trustee

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 9

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 Penn State trustee criticized Jerry Sandusky’s victims today as the university settled at least one more child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit.

Penn State "has been targeted very, very much by those who would take advantage of who we are," Robert Jubelirer said. "We need to put a stop to the spigot that has been turned on, and actually fight back and stand up for the university."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/04/penn_state_board_acts_to_settl.html  


IL -- Victims blast Cupich for Fr. McCormack case statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

Archbishop Blasé Cupich showed today that he deals with clergy sex crimes and cover ups no better than his predecessor did.

Two more civil abuses and cover up lawsuits are being filed tomorrow against the archdiocese for the dreadfully deceitful and reckless way top Catholic officials kept Fr. Daniel McCormack on the job around unsuspecting families despite repeated warnings and “red flags” of inappropriate behavior.


IL- Victims praise Archbishop for abuse comments

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

We applaud Archbishop Blase Cupich for saying, at Parish Leadership Day at Marist High School, that “People are leaving (the church). A lot of people left because of the abuse crisis.”

(See YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ2hwxSeF8Y&feature=youtu.be)


UK--Victims blast Home Office panel with no survivors on it

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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 government panel ostensibly set up to help child sex abuse survivors is, sadly, already hurting them by excluding them.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/child-protection/11522013/Victims-demand-changes-to-new-child-sex-abuse-inquiry.html  


CA--Victims blast Orange Co. judge over rapist’s sentence

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

We are outraged that an Orange County judge reduced a child rapist’s sentence, claiming the criminal “did not appear to consciously intend to harm (the victim) when he sexually assaulted her.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/kevin-rojano-child-rapist-sentence-reduced_n_7019762.html   


Africa--Victims to Congo bishops: Do outreach about priest murder case

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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 Congo priest is a suspect in a murder in Italy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/gay-orgies-and-murder-scandals-engulf-vatican-10162394.html   


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