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


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber (540-214-8874),  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,

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.

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