Media Statements

PA- Former minister arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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

A former Pennsylvania minister has been arrested after it was discovered that he had been abusing a boy for a decade. We are extremely grateful to the brave witness who reported what she knew to an adult, who reported to police. 

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MI- Archdiocese finds priest guilty of negligence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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

A Michigan priest has been found to have been negligent when he did not report a child sex crime to police. We are glad the archdiocese found him guilty, but believe they should do more to reprimand the priest and take additional measures to ensure it does not happen again. 

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NC- Pastor sent to prison; SNAP responds

For immediate release Friday, August 29, 2014

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

On Thursday a former youth pastor for the Kings Way Baptist Church, Bobby Price, entered an Alford Plea, where defendants plead guilty to the charges without actually admitting guilt. He was sentenced to sixteen months in prison.

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MO- KC clergy case to move forward

For immediate release: Friday, August 29, 2014

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

Kansas City Catholic Bishop Robert Finn has lost his bid to have a clergy sex abuse lawsuit tossed out and the case is headed for trial next month. We are grateful that this brave, wounded victim, who was assaulted by two priests, will soon have his day in court.

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NY- Victims’ lawyer file to reinstate lawsuit, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 29, 2014

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

A New York lawyer for dozens of child sexual abuse victims is appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit. The suit claims that a Jewish school covered up decades of child sexual abuse and was thrown out due to statute of limitations.

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Vatican- Actions not words protect kids says SNAP

For immediate release: Friday, August 29, 2014

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

Pope Francis said today, that he takes “personal responsibility for all the evil that some priests, many -- many in number” have committed against children.

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NC-Youth pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse charge

For immediate release: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

A former youth pastor from Concord has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually molested children and was sentenced to sixteen years.  

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PA- Convicted predators seek new trial, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

A Pennsylvania priest and Catholic teacher, who were convicted of sexually abusing a child, are seeking a new trial. We hope they do not succeed.

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VA- Youth minister charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

A Virginia youth minister has been charged with child sexual abuse. We are deeply saddened that there are likely more victims suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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IN- Pastor denied reduced sentence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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

A former Hammond Baptist pastor, who is serving a 12 year prison sentence for child sexual abuse, has had his petition to overturn his sentenced denied. We are glad the judge saw through this farce and upheld this rightly deserved sentence.  

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Dominican Republic- Authorities begin criminal proceedings against archbishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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

The Dominican Republic has begun criminal proceedings against the former archbishop. We are glad the prosecutor’s office in Santo Domingo has moved quickly to begin criminal proceedings and we hope Josef Wesolowski is apprehended and made to face justice immediately.

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OR- New lawsuit claims church knew about molester, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Two Oregonian men have filed a lawsuit against the Seventh-day Adventist Church for allowing a convicted child molester to run a church sponsored youth club. We are grateful to these brave survivors for stepping up.  

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