SNAP blasts retired Cardinal for avoiding trial

Cardinal Roger Mahony and his former second-in-command are refusing to show up for a clergy sex abuse and cover up trial happening now in Stockton. 

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SNAP urges bishops to warn their flock about Fr. Kelly

A predator priest from California has fled back to his home in Ireland. He's been found guilty of molesting one boy, is being investigated in another, and was to take the witness stand today. 

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SNAP remembers Nathan Stansbury

Our hearts go out to the loves ones of Nathan Stansbury, the Lafayette District Attorney who prosecuted the first pedophile priest to attract national headlines.

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SNAP responds to arrest of former KY youth pastor

We are grateful to the Colorado law enforcement officials who apprehended this dangerous predator. While Routt Co. Sherriff Garrett Wiggins has said that these crimes are unrelated to a church, we still urge the officials at Hyland Baptist Church to aggressively seek anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at Brothers’ hand to come forward immediately. 

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SNAP calls for sensitivity and more action from Sacramento law enforcement

Our hearts go out to the young victim and recognize the pain and isolation she must feel. Her welfare is of utmost importance and everything should be done to insure that she is safe and secure, free from any intimidation. Detention seems a harsh remedy. Surely the courts can take into consideration her youth and emotional insecurity to make other arrangements less egregious and punitive. 

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SNAP blasts LCMS officials, calls for criminal investigation

It is deplorable that Darwin Schauer was hired as a pastor when officials knew that he had abused children in the past. Charges of negligence should be brought against these officials for placing this predator in a situation where he easily could – and did – abuse another child. We hope that justice will be served for the newest victim of this predator. 

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SNAP applauds bill in IL, pushes for further reform

We support the effort in IL led by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to toughen the sex offender registry. The safety of children and the prevention of future child sexual abuse should always be paramount  in discussions about these laws. We are glad that, unlike in neighboring Missouri, lawmakers in IL are focusing on the right priorities.

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Retired LA Cardinal Mahony to testify in clergy sex abuse case

For the second time in his career, Los Angeles' Cardinal Roger Mahony will testify in open court in a child sex abuse and cover up case in Stockton, a diocese he headed for years before coming to LA. 

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SNAP blasts parishioner for tampering with jury for a second time

Twice in a matter of weeks, a supporter of Fr. Michael Kelly has attempted to sway a juror. This is a crime, and deserves to be punished as such. It is one thing to pray for a priest and believe he is innocent (though a 12 person jury found him guilty of molesting a boy). It is quite another to actively attempt to persuade a juror towards your point of view.

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SNAP applauds Spain’s plan to set up registry for stolen babies

We are glad that the Spanish government is taking this step to help make right the stolen babies scandal. While a lifetime away from one’s rightful child or parents is sure to be devastating, we hope that helping these “stolen children” find their biological parents will result in some healing for both parties. 

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SNAP applauds school board in GA, wants other schools to follow suit

We are child sex abuse victims and supporters. We belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

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Convicted sex offender becomes preacher

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking a South Dakota church to reconsider licensing a convicted sex offender. Juan Carlos Sabalier is the music leader and youth leader at Huron Baptist Church (955 Lincoln Ave. SW, 605 352 5310, 605 354 0614) in Huron, SD. 

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