Media Statements

NY--Seven were victimized at NYC Catholic school; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 21, 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)

At least seven youngsters were sexually abused at a Jesuit school in New York, and Catholic officials have been keeping it secret for a year, according to a report being released today by a victim. We applaud that victim’s courage.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2102/7-Victims-Claim-Sexual-Abuse-at-Loyola-School-in-NYC.aspx

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TX--Austin CEO resigns from board; Victims urge action

For immediate release: Thursday, April 21, 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 spokesperson for the Austin-based Whole Foods Market claims the company’s CEO John Mackey is "no longer serves on Mr. Marc Gafni’s board and has no connection to (his) San Francisco-based Center for Integral Wisdom.”

Gafni, a former rabbi, has generated controversy by admitting to sexually abusing a youngster and essentially blaming her by saying "She was 14 going on 35, and I never forced her." 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/us/marc-gafni-center-for-integral-wisdom.html

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IN--Victims write Indy church re abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314-566-9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Abuse case sparks controversy

Victims write to Indy congregants

Group says child was abused by older teen

It wants open public meeting and more training

SNAP: “We suspect police weren’t promptly called”

A support group for abuse victims believes a child was recently molested by a member of an Indianapolis church and urging congregants to prod church staff to be more forthcoming about the incident.

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NY--Victims blast NYC prosecutors for inaction on proposed bill

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 20, 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)

Only one New York City prosecutor is brave, wise and caring enough to advocate repealing the state’s archaic child sex abuse deadline that endangers kids and helps predators.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-da-supports-fixing-child-rape-law-article-1.2607793

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AR--Victims challenge church where abuse happened

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 20, 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 Jonesboro church employee was sentenced yesterday for repeatedly raping the two girls but still faces charges of video voyeurism and child pornography.

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/aa1d8ec560b14d26a31a3fd17fc5dd40/ex-arkansas-pastor-charged-rape-gets-2-life-sentences

Now, we challenge First Assembly of God Church staff and members to aggressively reach out to find others who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Anthony Waller.

Why?

Because church officials gave Waller access to kids

Because Waller faces more charges

Because police and prosecutors need help pursuing predators

Because the more law enforcement knows about a criminal the more appropriately he can be sentenced.

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VA--University is misleading students and staff, victims group says

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber (540-214-8874), mennonite@snapnetwork.org)  Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

statement released on Friday by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) officials to its students and staff is misleading and depressing.

Their statement comes after a courageous survivor, Lauren Shifflett, wrote a moving account last week of the suffering she endured when EMU vice-president Luke Hartman stalked and abused her during the time she was an EMU student and while he worked at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. He also stalked her while he was VP.

EMU keeps misleading the public by claiming things are in the past. Hartman was a university VP until a few months ago when he was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. A stalking event occurred in 2014 and drove Shifflett, out of fear, to report to congregational leaders at Lindale Mennonite congregation in Harrisonburg, VA, yet Hartman remained in his high position for another year and a half until his arrest in January 2016.  

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Vatican--Novel suit is filed vs. convicted predator who’s set to go back to work; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 19, 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)

It may be the most irresponsible Vatican move we’ve ever seen: Catholic officials in Rome have lifted the suspension of a recently convicted predator priest. We are stunned and saddened by such blatant recklessness and callousness 

But we’re grateful that one of the priest’s victims is filing a new lawsuit, using a new approach, to try and protect kids from this admitted child molesting cleric.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/u-s-survivor-sue-india-church-reinstating-perv-priest-article-1.2606218

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ND-- Fargo bishop ignores abuse case; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, April 18, 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)

The callous comment yesterday by Fargo Bishop John Folda shows that Catholic officials still puts their comfort and careers ahead of kids’ safety.

Folda says his diocese has “no connection with” Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul and would not comment on the convicted cleric, since it “involves a priest outside his diocese,” according to one newspaper.

http://www.dglobe.com/news/4011755-anti-abuse-network-asks-victims-come-forward-re-assignment-convicted-priest-stunning

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MI--Accused predator priest works for girls’ non-profit; Victims respond

For immediate release: Sunday, April 17, 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 priest who was ousted because he molested a girl now works for a non-profit that reportedly helps girls. And in a stunningly callous and reckless maneuver, top Detroit Catholic officials pretend they’re powerless to stop him.

http://www.dailytribune.com/article/DT/20160416/NEWS/160419643

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MO-- Convicted sex offender wants to resume dentistry; Victims respond

For immediate release: Saturday, April 16, 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 applaud authorities who are trying to stop a dentist convicted of child sex crimes from resuming his practice in an office that serves children. The physical safety of kids trumps the job preferences of adults, especially those who prey on the vulnerable and plead guilty to serious crimes.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/feds-balk-at-allowing-sex-offender-dentist-to-work-at/article_0a53223b-9d27-5dcd-8244-4ebb60baba24.html

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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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