Media Statements and Events

MN--Victims urge “more honesty & outreach” in predator priest case

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home,

Minnesota Catholic officials are writing parishioners saying their parish is being sued because of child sex crimes by Fr. Stanley Bourassa in the 1960s.

While we don’t know the specifics of this case, here’s what we DO know: Catholic officials should be more honest about these horrific cases. They should use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to beg every single individual with information or suspicions about abuse in Catholic entities to step forward and get help from independent sources, and report what they know or fear to the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices.

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MO--Victims beg Baptists for action on clergy sex cases

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

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David Clohessy (314), Barbara Dorris (314) 503-0003,

Victims beg Baptists for action on clergy sex cases

Denomination holds annual meeting soon in St. Louis

“It should make “safe place” for submitting abuse reports, SNAP says

SBC should start by logging allegations & asking victims to step forward

Group predicts: Next “Spotlight”-style exposé will be in largest Protestant denomination

In anticipation of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis on June 14-15, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to two of the SBC’s top officials, seeking the creation of a central “safe place” office to which Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors can file reports about their alleged perpetrators.

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