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 to Sandusky: “Stop torturing your victims”

For immediate release: Thursday, May 7

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We’re saddened that Jerry Sandusky insists on torturing his victims by continued and callous ‘Hail Mary’ legal filings. He’s partially right: his trial moved quickly. We submit that’s common sense: When a dangerous predator walks free, the justice system should move quickly to get him behind bars where he can’t hurt others.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/new-sandusky-appeal-claims-multiple-errors-by-defense-team,1463900/


IL--Notorious Joliet predator priest dies; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 7

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 notorious Joliet predator priest, whose case shows continuing recklessness by Catholic bishops about kids’ safety, has passed away.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?n=carroll-howlin&pid=174795423&fhid=16750


KY--Louisville native abused 3 kids, prosecutors say

A prosecutor has disclosed that a now-imprisoned admitted serial child molester who is a Louisville native and worked in Louisville churches abused at least three Louisville kids.

We call on his former church supervisors and colleagues in Louisville at Southeast Christian Church to aggressively seek out others he may have assaulted. And we call on Louisville police to investigate whether any of those church supervisors or colleagues might be charged with ignoring, concealing or enabling his crimes.

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2015/05/first_christian_church_of_florissant_brandon_milburn.php?page=all


Belgium--Victims urge Francis to oust Brussels archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6

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

Today, Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard of Brussels is obligated to submit his resignation to Pope Francis. We hope he does so immediately and we hope Pope Francis accepts it immediately.


MO--Accusations of cover up at North Co. Church; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6

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 North County mega-church pastor is suing church members who say he did little or nothing to act on suspicions of child sex abuse by a now-imprisoned sex offender who worked at the church. Shame on the pastor and his top aides for lashing out at, and trying to intimidate, caring whistleblowers.


KY--Victims plead with new bishop: Warn your flock!

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6

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

Today is Lexington Bishop John Stowe’s first day in his new job. What could be more pressing than the safety of kids?

We call on him to immediately warn his flock about two local predator priests and to permanently post all child molesting clerics’ names on his diocesan website.


OR--Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?

Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?

Secret records about child molesting cleric released

More than $5 million paid to victims of Catholic friar 

His church supervisors claim he was “restricted & monitored

But news reports show that he traveled far & organized events

SNAP to archbishop: “Aggressively seek out others he may have hurt

A victims group is urging Portland Catholic officials to disclose where a credibly accused predator priest is now living. He is in the news again because last week, his long-secret personnel file was made public.   


IL--Springfield bishop pays predator priest's lawyer

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

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

Springfield’s Catholic bishop is using church funds to pay the legal fees for a credibly accused and permanently removed predator priest.

http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/bishop-permanently-removes-area-priest-as-pastor/article_589a38cc-f1d0-11e4-a281-2bf57adbaba7.html


MO--Victims want KC priest disciplined for defending Finn

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

Statement by David Tate of Kansas City, leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (davidtate27@gmail.com)

In a stunningly callous letter to his parishioners, a Kansas City pastor is misleading Catholics, re-victimizing adults and endangering kids by deceptively defending a convicted bishop and attacking the motives of those who feel betrayed by him.


IL--Priest exploits woman; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Sunday, May 3

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

A Chicago priest has been suspended for allegedly sexually exploiting an adult woman. We call on Catholic officials to provide more details about these accusations and to prod others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to come forward.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-father-brendan-curran-met-20150503-story.html


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