Media Statements

VT--Abusive seminarian is sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP associate Midwest director (636 422 2511,SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

A former Catholic seminarian from Vermont who tried to arrange to sexually abuse babies was just sentenced, but the crux and cause of his crimes has basically been ignored - a secretive, self-serving clerical culture that gives troubled clerics repeated chances to hurt kids. 

http://www.cbs8.com/story/32354733/sentencing-for-man-who-tried-to-buy-toddler-in-tijuana

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CA--Abusive seminarian is sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP associate Midwest director (636 422 2511SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

A former Catholic seminarian who tried to arrange to sexually abuse babies was just sentenced but the crux and cause of his crimes has basically been ignored - a secretive, self-serving clerical culture that gives troubled clerics repeated chances to hurt kids. 

http://www.cbs8.com/story/32354733/sentencing-for-man-who-tried-to-buy-toddler-in-tijuana

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Ghana--Victims want Vatican to discipline Ghana bishop

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, SNAP volunteer western regional director, 949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Sexual-acts-involving-Catholic-priests-not-the-worst-of-sins-Archbishop-452004

Vatican officials should discipline a retired bishop in Ghana.

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USA--Nearly 30 colleges still honor Bill Cosby

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016

For more info; David Clohessy, 314 566 9790 davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Nearly 30 colleges still honor Bill Cosby

They’re in 16 states from ME to CA to GA

Victims beg universities to rescind actor’s degrees

SNAP: “Ignoring his crimes rubs salt into deep wounds”

Group also says degrees “send chilling message to others in pain

A support group for abuse victims is calling on 28 US colleges, from coast to coast, to rescind honors they’ve given to Bill Cosby to ‘help reduce the helplessness and hopelessness felt by millions of victims of sexual violence” and “make it easier for those in pain to come forward, report criminals and deter crime.

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FL--Jury acquits thrice-accused teacher; Abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Our hearts ache for the girl who was sexually abused by a Coral Springs teacher who has evaded justice. It must be devastating for her and her family to sit through a criminal trial and watch the criminal get off thanks to shrewd lawyering, even though he initially confessed to the crimes and faces two other accusers.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-coral-springs-molestation-closings-20160630-story.html

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RI--Abuse allegations vs. 95 year old priest are “credible;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Rhode Island Catholic officials now admit that child sex abuse reports against a priest are “credible.” Bishop Thomas Tobin should honor his pledge to be “open” about clergy sex crimes.

http://dioceseofprovidence.org/news/statement-from-the-diocese-of-providence

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IL--Chicago predator priest dies; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, July 30, 2016

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

Local Catholic officials have kept hidden the passing of Fr. Robert Stepek, a predator priest who sued his victims and who died last week. Shame on Archbishop Blasé Cupich for his hurtful secrecy.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=robert-stepek&pid=180478085&fhid=16252

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OH--Columbus seminarian to be sentenced for trying to have sex with infant

For immediate release, June 29, 2016

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511SNAPjudy@gmail.com


A Catholic seminarian who attracted national media attention and spent time in Ohio, Vermont and Kentucky is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday (7/1) for horrific child sex crimes.

Former Josephinum College student Joel Wright travelled to San Diego seeking infants for sex.

We hope he will be given a long sentence. This dangerous child predator, who was rejected by forty other seminaries, needs to be kept far away from kids forever.

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OK--Victims prod new Tulsa bishop to act on abuse

For immediate release:Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re worried about Tulsa’s new bishop, David Konderla and hope he’ll deal very honestly and aggressively with clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. We see nothing in his actions as a priest that give us much hope.

Konderla has spent time in the Dallas diocese (with 20 publicly accused predator priests). He knows the first steps he should take in Tulsa. He should put kids’s safety and victims’ healing first. Specifically, he should:

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NJ--Predator priest is found guilty; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re relieved and grateful that a Paterson priest has been found guilty of child sex crimes. We applaud the brave girl who reported her suffering and hope this verdict brings her and her family some well-deserved consolation.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/former-passaic-priest-is-found-guilty-of-luring-in-case-involving-teen-parishioner-1.1623100

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KY--Accused predatory minister dies; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An accused child predator has passed away. We hope his death will prompt others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward.

http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/jeffersonville-pastor-arrested-in-kentucky-dies/article_e94f94a4-3d63-11e6-80ac-d3b37ee8efb2.html

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KS--Sex offending church workers -1 from Canada-are "outed"

For immediate release: Thursday, June 23, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbra Graber (540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org), Stephanie Krehbiel (734-678-2185stephaniekrehbiel@gmail.com)

Five names added to list of sex-offending Mennonite church workers

Each admitted to sexual misconduct but none have been charged

Four live in Kansas; One, a Canadian, is a painter on cruise ships

Group demands that Mennonite Church USA end its practice of keeping secret files on clergy with sexual misconduct charges

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse is announcing the addition of five new names to their Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. To be placed on the MAP list, offenders must have been named elsewhere through established media sources, internal institutional documents, court records, or any combination of the above.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mennonite_map

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