Media Statements

AR--Victims back Arkansas police in Duggar case

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26

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

A male Arkansas politician claims a female police chief should be fired for releasing a police report about alleged child sex crimes by prominent conservative activist Josh Duggar.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/26/bart-hester-arkansas-lawmaker-wants-police-chief-f/

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NM--Gallup diocese sells land for victims’ settlements; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are glad that Gallup Catholic officials are moving toward resolving dozens of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases by selling mostly vacant property. This proves what we’ve long said: that Catholic officials have far more wealth than they admit and can do right by suffering victims if only they’ll put forth some effort.
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PA--Victims blast proposed state Paterno bridge honor

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

We are deeply disappointed that a Pennsylvania politician wants to honor Joe Paterno by re-naming a bridge after him. This is a very insensitive and harmful idea.

http://www.phillyvoice.com/pa-lawmaker-rename-bridge-after-paterno/

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Switzerland--More than 150 Swiss priests accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26

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

Over the past five years, only about 20 criminal cases have been opened against Swiss Catholic priests and monks for sexual abuse in Switzerland since, despite church officials admitting 172 alleged offenders.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/catholic-sex-scandal_few-priests-prosecuted-for-sexual-abuse/41451682

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AR--Huckabee defends sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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

Shame on GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for defending Josh Duggar by attacking those who report on his admitted abuse and using inflammatory words like “bloodlust.”

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MN--Notorious Indian priest pleads guilty of child sex crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday May 22

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

Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - who worked in two Minnesota dioceses: St. Paul and Crookston - has pled guilty to child sex crimes. We’re glad that it’s now crystal clear to virtually everyone that he’s a dangerous man who should be kept away from kids.

But we’re deeply worried that he may soon be free and will likely be around unsuspecting families and assault more children. (He has yet to be sentenced.) And if that happens, the blame can squarely be put on US and Indian Catholic officials who have acted irresponsibly from the outset in this terrible case.

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OH--Toledo priest suspended; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti, SNAPtoledo@aol.com419 345 9291

For more than two weeks, Toledo Catholic officials kept silent about an allegation of misconduct involving a child. Even now, they refuse to give any details that might be helpful to parents, parishioners, police, prosecutors or the public. Shame on them.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2015/05/22/2nd-Catholic-priest-in-Toledo-faces-misconduct-allegations.html

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TX--Church disciplines wrongdoer’s wife

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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

We are deeply skeptical of claims by officials at a Dallas church that they have “without exception” reported suspicions and knowledge of child sex crimes to law enforcement.” If they did, we doubt they did so promptly and fully. And we are deeply grateful to the brave woman who is exposing possible child sex crimes at the church.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.disciplines.wife.for.wanting.to.divorce.husband.who.admitted.paedophile.leanings/54480.htm  

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AUSTRALIA- Victims to Pope: demand Cardinal returns to Australia to testify

For immediate release: Friday, May 22, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, founder and president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

 

We urge Pope Francis to demand that Australia’s highest ranking Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell, return to his home country to face questions from the Royal Commission investigating sex crimes and cover up. The Cardinal has been implicated in the cover up.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/22/bill-shorten-calls-on-cardinal-george-pell-to-return-to-give-evidence-on-child-abuse

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OR--Victims urge ministers to shun church over abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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

We urge Portland’s religious leaders to shun officials at a local church and we urge local law enforcement to charge those church officials with obstructing justice, evidence tampering, witness intimidation or other offenses because of how they dealt with a predatory pastor.

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2015/05/youth_pastor_admits_to_sexually_abusing_boys_prays_for_healing.html  

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Australia--Pope must force Pell to testify

Friday 22 May, 2015

Media Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

nicky@nickydavis.com.au

0422 538 440

Pope Francis moved Cardinal George Pell to Rome from Australia. Now, the pontiff must force Pell to testify before a governmental panel.

Serious allegations against Pell have repeatedly been raised - both through sworn testimony and through media interviews.   

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MI-- Abusive Catholic teacher pleads guilty

For immediate release: Thursday, May 21

Statement by SNAP leader Bill McAlary (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a child molesting Catholic school teacher has pled guilty to more crimes and we hope she’ll get a very stiff sentence that keeps her away from kids for a long time.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/d8f4fbb6a272482eb6a69ef2ba45eaa1/MI--High-School-Teacher-Sex   

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