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Three Groups Want Jesuit to Resign from Position on College Board

We are here today representing three different groups who want a Board member of Loyola University’s Board of Trustees to resign. The three groups are SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, CCC, Coalition of Concerned Catholics and VOTF, Voice of the Faithful.

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SNAP responds to conviction of Pastor in Baltimore

The decision today by the Baltimore jury that found Pastor Leon Jones guilty of eight counts of child sexual abuse is one step towards healing the pain that his young victim has suffered. We hope that anyone else who may have been a victim of Jones’ crimes are emboldened by this decision and come forward to police and prosecutors. 

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Teacher loses her license for failing to report abuse, SNAP responds

We applaud the Kansas Board of Education for revoking the teaching license of woman who delayed in reporting suspected child sex crimes to law enforcement.

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SNAP responds to disturbing abuse case in Washington D.C.

This is an extremely disturbing case, and we are glad that Randolph King is now behind bars where he cannot hurt more children. At the same time, we are disgusted that it took three days for the police to be called in to investigate.

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SNAP calls for ouster of Loyola board member

Yesterday, a Jesuit cleric resigned from a college board under pressure because he did little or nothing to stop a prominent Chicago priest from molesting dozens of children.

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WV rules Fr. Quirk must testify in Philly, SNAP responds

The Intelligencer reports that tomorrow (Friday), a West Virginia judge will rule on whether a West Virginia priest, Fr. Kevin Quirk, must testify in a high-profile clergy sex abuse and cover up case going on in Philadelphia.

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SNAP responds to arrest of priest in Kansas

Cases like these serve as painful reminder that sexual abuse is not only perpetrated against children, but can affect vulnerable adults as well. We hope that the arrest of Fr. Scheer will help encourage anyone else who may have seen suspected or suffered any misdeeds by Scheer - or other clergy - to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoing and protct others.

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SNAP blasts WV bishop's abuse denial

We’re disappointed that Bishop Bransfield is:

  • apparently still not forcing his priest, Fr. Kevin Quirk, to testify at the trial in Philadelphia (as requested by prosecutors),
  • has issued a written statement, instead of taking questions openly, about the child sex allegations against him,
  • is apparently ignoring the allegation that he had a “lewd conversation” with a child,
  • refusing to answer the allegation that he brought kids to the beach house he owns
  • is only now making statements, seven years after it was first disclosed, about his alleged ownership of property with a child-molesting cleric, and
  • continues to attack the judicial system and the judge and prosecutors in Philadelphia, especially since this is a trial that he has not attended. He apparently feels comfortable, from a distance, calling it a “circus.” But yesterday, he refused (through his lawyers) to respond to sworn testimony from that trial (he called the testimony “rumors.”)
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Clergy sex victims win decision

For the first time in the history of the Sacramento Catholic diocese, a judge has ruled that two adults can seek punitive damages in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case involving a priest who is now a fugitive from justice.

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Two groups want priest in treatment center

Two groups involved in the Catholic  church's child sex abuse and cover up scandal are urging Pittsburgh's bishop to put a just-suspended priest in a treatment center.

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Terry Specht, Arlington priest, accused of sexually abusing young man: SNAP Responds

Statement by Becky Ianni Washington, DC/Virginia SNAP Director, SNAPVirginia@cox.net,  703-801-6044

 

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WV bishop should openly address abuse allegations against him

 A man has given sworn courtroom testimony in Philadelphia today that West Virginia's bishop, Michael Bransfield, took boys to a beach cabin, and a Philly priest told him Bransfield was abusing one of them.

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