Media Statements

IL--Pro-Hastert letters will be disclosed; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 15, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful that a judge insists that letters backing Denny Hastert be made public. Sunshine is the antidote to secrecy, especially when powerful adults commit or conceal heinous child sex crimes.

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-04-15/hastert-judge-won-t-consider-support-letters-unless-public

http://foxillinois.com/news/local/judge-orders-hastert-letters-to-be-made-public-04-15-2016

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AL--Alabama has “most risky day cares,” investigation shows; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 15, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A disturbing new investigation has found that “Alabama offers religious day cares the most freedom of any state, shielding them from most government oversight.” As a result, innocent children suffer.

“More than 900 Alabama day cares say they are affiliated with religious groups, leaving almost half of all child care in the state free from most regulation,” according to licensing documents, the new report says.

The horrifying details are here:

https://www.revealnews.org/article/she-runs-disastrous-day-cares-but-her-church-makes-her-untouchable/

 

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MA-- Jury finds for Catholic abuse victim; Group responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director  of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A victim of a predatory Catholic teacher has won his civil trial. We applaud him for having the courage to report and expose crimes by Albert Vaillancourt of the Fall River Catholic diocese and those who ignored or hid those crimes.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/01_02/2009_02_11_Sotnik_LocalTeacher.htm

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PA--Catholic officials exploit technicality; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Three Catholic officials are trying to exploit Pennsylvania’s archaic, predator-friendly laws to evade responsibility for a child molesting cleric who molested more than 100 kids. Shame on them, their colleagues and their supervisors.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2016/04/14/Former-student-testifies-about-Franciscans-in-Altoona-abuse-case/stories/201604140166

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AL--Victims urge lawmakers to fix religious day care loopholes

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A new investigation shows that religiously-affiliated day care centers can be especially dangerous for children and that Alabama is one of the worst states regulating them. We urge Alabama legislators to put kids first and remedy this irresponsible imbalance immediately.

https://www.revealnews.org/article/religious-day-cares-operate-with-little-oversight-and-accountability/?utm_source=Reveal&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=facebook

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MI--Diocese blames student for abuse she suffered; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

In a stunningly mean-spirited move, Catholic officials are blaming a college student for the abuse she suffered at the hands of a charismatic, powerful and manipulative priest.   http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/04/diocese-response

And they make contradictory claims – that the girl was responsible for sexual contact AND that no sexual contact happened.

In a legal filing, Bishop Joseph Cistone of the Saginaw diocese blames Megan Winans for being sexually exploited as a young, devout college student.

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IL--Victims blast Hastert & challenge his supporters

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We take issue with a number of claims by Denny Hastert and his lawyers. And we applaud Individual D for having the courage to speak in court about Hastert’s wrongdoing. We also applaud attorney Kristi Browne for representing a Hastert victim.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/feds-hastert-victim-sister-of-another-to-testify-at-sentencing/

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OH-- Seminarian who tried to buy baby pleads guilty

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Associate Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a sexually troubled Ohio seminarian has pled guilty to child sex crimes and hope, for the safety of children, that he’s given the longest sentence possible.

We also worry there may be other kids he’s hurt and deplore how little his former church supervisors are doing to find other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/13/seminarian-pleads-guilty-to-child-sex-charge.htm

http://krqe.com/2016/04/13/former-seminarian-pleads-guilty-to-trying-to-entice-infants/

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MO--Megachurch pastor & Cards chaplain is ousted

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

The pastor of a St. Louis mega-church with six locations has been removed amid controversy. Among the allegations against him are “inappropriate relationships” with two women, that church officials claim “were not adultery.”

He’s also reportedly a chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. He is Rev. Darrin Patrick of The Journey.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/april/darrin-patrick-removed-acts-29-megachurch-journey.html

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WY--Victims applaud Symphony’s move today

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 13, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful and relieved that the Wyoming Symphony won’t let an accused sexual harasser play with them. They moved quickly and appropriately in this case. We applaud their sensitivity. And we applaud the courage of the young Boston women - Erin Shyr and Maria Currie - who are exposing wrongdoing by Eric Ruske and Boston University.

http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/horn-player-scheduled-to-perform-in-casper-accused-of-sexual/article_9eb79bfd-30ab-55d4-922d-95e70dc245e5.html

It’s rewarding to see that a wrongdoer can’t escape consequences just by going somewhere else.

Those who respond poorly to reports of sexual harassment should be punished. Those who respond promptly and properly should be rewarded. So we encourage Wyoming residents to attend the symphony this weekend and in the future. Non-profits that act responsibly in cases of sexual harassment or abuse deserve our support.

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WY--Musician accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Wyoming symphony musician is being sued in Massachusetts for reportedly sexually harassing two young women. We hope he’s suspended until this case is resolved.

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2016/04/read_the_complaint_filed_by_mu.html

Eric Ruske was named in a civil lawsuit filed yesterday by a veteran attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual violence.

He is set to perform this weekend. http://www.wyomingsymphony.org/

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OR--Victims sues church for child sex abuse’ Group responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud the brave Oregon man who is suing the First Assembly of God officials for committing and concealing child sex crimes. Civil lawsuits often seem to be the only way to expose “enablers,” the employees who ignored or hid knowledge of or suspicions about horrific abuse of kids. And these suits perform a valuable public service by deterring other supervisors and colleagues who may be tempted to turn a blind eye to abuse or worse, help keep it under wraps.

The case is W.J. v. First Assembly of God of Albanyet al., filed today in Multnomah County (Circuit Ct. Case No. 16CV11965). It’s being handled by Portland attorneys Gilion Dumas (503-952-6789gilion@dumaslawgroup.com) and Ashley Vaughn (931-206-0090ashley@dumaslawgroup.com).

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