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).

Rome--SNAP to Chilean priests & lawmaker: “Keep fighting”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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)

The controversial promotion of a new Chilean bishop isn’t “the same old, same old.” It’s worse. So we call on the dozens of Chilean priests and the 50 Chilean lawmakers who opposed this move to keep on fighting. And we call on Pope Francis to explain his hurtful decision.  


Brazil--Abuse victims blast Brazilian Catholic group

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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 controversial and archconservative Catholic group says it will grow in Brazil. We hope it doesn’t. And we urge citizens and Catholics to steer clear of this secretive and problematic group.

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2015/03/30/rogue-catholic-bishops-plan-to-grow-schismatic-challenge-to-rome/  


IN--Victims blast Indiana RFRA law & others that block child sex suits

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

 

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

 

The dispute over RFRA laws – in Indiana and elsewhere – involves more than adults with differing beliefs. It also involves innocent young kids and wounded adult victims who suffer when claims of “religious freedom” are used to protect clerics who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes. 


SC--Victims blast Bob Jones University over rape

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

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)

Our hearts ache for the brave women and men who have been betrayed three times by Bob Jones officials who take few or no real steps to prevent rape, re-victimize rape victims who find the courage to report these heinous crimes, and now refuse to adopt recommendations to reform the school’s oppressive and hurtful practices around sexual violence.

(See new America Aljazeera story on The Abuse Tracker)  


Rome--Francis digs heels in over Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

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

It’s official: Pope Francis is standing by his cruel and hurtful promotion of a bishop who faces credible allegations of enabling, ignoring and watching child sex crimes.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-no-objective-reasons-preclude-appointment-chilean-bishop   


VT--Victims blast Jehovah's Witnesses in abuse trial

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

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

Officials with a purportedly spiritual group is splitting hairs and exploiting loopholes more befitting of cold-hearted corporate CEOs.

http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_27816881/judge-partially-grants-partially-denies-jehovahs-witnesses-motion   


KY--Ex-Louisville church worker sentenced in abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

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

Yesterday, a Louisville native and former church employee was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting boys in Missouri. We urge his former colleagues in his Louisville congregation to aggressively seek out others who he may have assaulted.

http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/134873/

http://fox2now.com/2014/02/11/youth-minister-arrested-for-sexually-assaulting-children/  


Canada--Victims blast Catholic officials about predator

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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

Catholic officials admit that child sex abuse allegations against a priest who worked for a Catholic school board in Toronto have been deemed “credible.” We hope this disclosure will prod other victims to come forward and get help.

http://www.catholicchronicle.org/index.php/Diocesan/statement-regarding-father-james-roth-osfs.html   


KY--Ex-Louisville church worker to be sentenced re abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 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

A Louisville native and former church employee will be sentenced soon for molesting boys in Missouri. We urge his former colleagues in his Louisville congregation to aggressively seek out others who he may have assaulted.

http://fox2now.com/2014/02/11/youth-minister-arrested-for-sexually-assaulting-children/   


AK--Victims’ group blasts victim-shaming in clergy abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, March 27, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are seething over the content of a letter to the editor of the Kodiak Daily News, which calls into question the testimony of students abused at Saint Innocent’s Academy (SIA).

http://kodiakdailymirror.com/view/full_story/26536441/article-Questioning-some-of-allegations-leveled-against-Father-Paisius?   


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