Media Statements

PA--No Bail for Philly cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Under no circumstances, we believe, should Father Mark Haynes be set free, no matter what restrictions the court may impose. Like most predator priests, he is well educated, well spoken, charming, and cunning. He should be given no more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence or even flee the country.  

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TX--Bishop accused of illegal taping of victim’s mom

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A startling new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit charges that Ft. Worth Catholic Bishop Michael F. Olsen:

-- illegally tape recorded a child sex abuse victim’s mom without her knowledge,

-- also tape recorded a “trusting” and deeply wounded victim too,

-- “betrayed,” “re-victimized” and “tried to silence” him until his statute of limitations expired,   

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MT--Victims blast Helena Catholic officials re bankruptcy

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

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

These more than 500 brave victims and their dedicated attorneys have done the very best with an awful situation brought on by the Catholic hierarchy’s immense clout, expensive lawyering and obsessive secrecy. We hope the new settlement brings them sorely-needed healing.

http://www.ktvq.com/story/28242171/judge-set-to-approve-settlements-in-montana-church-abuse-cases  

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NJ--Victims beg more victims of predator/exorcist to speak up

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

We’re grateful that an already-convicted North Bergen pastor/exorcist now faces new charges.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/03/north_bergen_sex_offender_pastor_exorcist_facing_m.html   

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MI--Victims back new child safety proposal

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Bill McAlary of Grand Rapids, Michigan Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com)

A new bill has been introduced into the Michigan legislature that will protect more kids from child molesters by reforming the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. We wholeheartedly endorse this long-overdue measure that will make families safer from predators.  

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CA -- Promotion of San Francisco Bishop raises concern

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope that journalists and Catholics in San Diego ask incoming Bishop Robert McElroy specific questions about his actions and inactions in recent San Francisco predator priest situations.

We’re disturbed by his track record on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

 

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CA -- Victims blast SF Catholic officials re Archbishop Riordan charges

For immediate release: Tuesday March 3, 2015

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

We’re alarmed and saddened by allegations that a Catholic principal is acting inappropriately and that San Francisco Catholic officials refuse to talk about these serious accusations. And we applaud the teachers who have spoken up and are speaking up.

http://abc7news.com/education/i-team-investigates-sexually-explicit-photo-video-scandal-at-prep-school/506641/

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UT--Victims praise Utah lawmakers on statute of limitations

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

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

We applaud Utah legislators who have passed a bill that will protect more kids from child molesters by reforming the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. We wholeheartedly endorse this long-overdue measure that will make families safer from predators. And we hope the Utah senate passes it quickly.

http://fox13now.com/2015/03/02/house-passes-bill-that-eliminates-statute-of-limitations-for-child-sex-abuse/  

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NC--Victims blast Duke U over rape allegations vs. basketball player

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

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

An independent investigation must be launched into allegations that Duke University officials kept silent about rape allegations against basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon.

http://pantherlair.sportsblog.com/posts/1903568/did_coach_k_know_about_the_sexual_assault_claims_.html  

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NM--Victims blast Gallup bishop over “continuing secrecy”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

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

A priest who was accused of abuse and financial misdeeds claims the small mission he left has millions of dollars and Gallup’s Catholic officials continues to stonewall the press, the public and his parishioners about the controversy.

Bishop James Wall must stop the secrecy and disclose immediately what he knows about the suspected crimes and misdeeds of the Rev. Ravi Kiran. Kiran, originally from India, worked at St. Anthony’s Mission.  

Fr. Kevin Finnegan, the chancellor for the diocese, assured parishioners the diocese was investigating Kiran’s abrupt departure and promised them answers, That was six months ago.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/nm_bishop_must_stop_secrecy   

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CA--Victims challenge CA lawmakers on child safety

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

We’re disappointed that California’s highest court has struck down laws limiting where child sex offenders can live and we urge lawmakers to quickly adopt other measures that help protect kids from predators.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-supreme-court-sex-offenders-20150302-story.html  

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NY--Victims blast Manhattan friars for tolerating assaults

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Three women have been “repeatedly manhandled for three years by a leering, oversexed co-worker” while three Catholic priests did little or nothing to stop the assaults, according to court papers and the NY Post.

http://nypost.com/2015/03/01/franciscan-friars-accused-of-racist-rants-at-st-francis-friends-of-the-poor/   

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