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MO - Sex abuse victims head to MO Supreme Court

Clergy sex abuse victims are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to block or limit demands by Kansas City Catholic officials for potentially hundreds or thousands of pages of their self help group’s records. And they’re picking up support from widely disparate sources.

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MN - Victims blast supreme court ruling on secrecy

Our hearts ache for Jim Keenan. He fought a six-year-long heroic battle to expose predators warn parents, and protect kids. But somehow, the privacy of wrongdoer seems to trump the safety of children.

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PA - Msgr. Lynn sentenced, SNAP responds

We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn was not able to escape with the minimum sentence for his years of concealing heinous crimes against children. But cover ups would be better deterred had he gotten the maximum penalty, and justice would have been better served.

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WV - Bransfield claims proof of false allegations, SNAP responds

It’s deceitful and insulting for Bishop Bransfield to claim he has “tangible proof” that the allegations against him are false. Bransfield has no sworn affidavits, notarized statements or even signed letters. He has two Catholic men who haven't faced real scrutiny or questioning and who say he never molested them.

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FL - New lawsuit filed in Orlando, SNAP responds

We are grateful to this brave survivor for coming forward and revealing his abuse. It is a very difficult thing to make allegations of this sort public, but it is an important part of finding others who may have been in similar circumstances. We hope anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. William Authenreith to immediately come forward and make a report to police.

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PA - SNAP applauds decision to re-try Fr. James Brennan

We are grateful to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office for moving ahead with this retrial and not letting Fr. James Brennan to escape justice. It is very rare that victims of clergy sex abuse are able to see their abuser tried in a criminal trial, so we are very glad that Mr. Williams is still seeking justice for his victims.

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PA - Victims blast NCAA Penn State action

When money was misspent at SMU, play is suspended. But when boys are raped and crimes are concealed at PSU, play continues. This sends absolutely the wrong signal. We're very disappointed that there's no suspension of football. That's the most effective deterrent to current and future cover-ups.

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PA - Paterno statue removed at PSU, SNAP responds

A powerful man who acted selfishly and endangered kids deserves no public honors whatsoever.
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PA - Maximum penalty for Penn State, victims urge

Tomorrow, the NCAA will reportedly announce penalties for Penn State. It can't be any simpler. Want to protect innocent kids? Push for the maximum penalty. Want to protect corrupt officials? Push for a something less.

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CA - LA Archdiocese cannot block release of secret priest files, victims respond

Late yesterday, the California Second Appellate District Court  ruled that Los Angeles Archdiocese officials cannot block the release of confidential priest files of 25 known, admitted, or jailed child molesting clerics. 

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CO - Predator priest may plead guilty, SNAP responds

A guilty plea will help Fr. Manning’s suffering victim. But it will also protect the reputations of Manning’s church supervisors and peers who we strongly suspect hid suspicions of his misdeeds. 

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PA - SNAP wants Philly Catholic cleric jailed

If Msgr. Lynn has “endured unprecedented public scrutiny, shaming and vilification," it’s because for years he repeatedly engaged in unprecedented, shameful deceit, callousness and recklessness about children’s safety.

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