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SNAP: New US Supreme Court decision hurts clergy sex victims

Today, the US Supreme Court announced that they will not review the case of John Doe AP versus Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. This is a tragedy that will only make kids in Missouri, Utah, and Wisconsin more vulnerable to child molesters and employers from those states more reckless about children’s safety.

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Group challenges controversial priest

Two groups concerned with the clergy sex abuse and cover up scandal are challenging a priest who was the alleged lover of a serial pedophile to “an open public discussion” at a Catholic church Monday night. They are writing two Washington bishops about the cleric.

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New child sex suit filed vs. Catholic institution

A new civil lawsuit charges that a teacher and coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento sexually assaulted a female student in December 2009 and that Catholic church and school officials could and should have prevented the crimes.

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Clergy sex victims blast Mormon bishop deal; SNAP responds

We are very disappointed. Those who conceal suspected child crime from law enforcement should be severely punished.

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Maine victims’ advocate hit with church subpoena; SNAP responds

We’re sad that another Catholic institution is harassing a brave advocate for victims. Jesuits should be ashamed of themselves for the entire Doug Perlitz scandal, which they are now making even worse by legally attacking a caring individual who has done much to expose Perlitz’ crimes and help Perlitz’ victims.

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SNAP denounces Church officials' legal hardball

We're heartsick over these legal attacks and the chilling impact these church officials are having and will have on vulnerable and hurting victims, witnesses and whistleblowers. They are crippling our work to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded, and rubbing even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of hundreds of child sex abuse victims and thousands of betrayed Catholics.

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Woman assaulted by priest wins court ruling, SNAP responds

Late last week, a Little Rock Circuit Judge Wendell Griffin (6th Judicial District) ruled that a clergy sexual abuse case will not be dismissed and can proceed toward trial.

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Clergy sex group wants priest banned

Clergy sex abuse victims want a Catholic priest who was the alleged lover of a serial pedophile banned from a five day retreat he is set to lead next week in Yakima, Washington.

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SNAP outs two predators in the Diocese of Yakima

We’re here for three reasons – to help protect the vulnerable, help heal the wounded, and help deter future child sex crimes and cover ups.

We’re helping protecting the vulnerable by warning parents, parishioners and the public about a credibly accused child molesting church employee: James Moritz.

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Clergy sex victims applaud new Methodist abuse case

We applaud this brave woman for coming forward and taking legal action against her alleged abuser, Pastor Kendall Graham. Putting child sex abuse accusations into the justice system is the best way to prevent children being hurt.

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Pope names Portland priest a bishop; SNAP responds

We don’t know much about newly-appointed Oregon Bishop Liam Cary. But we’re encouraged almost every time the Vatican promotes a priest rather than a chancery office staffer to higher positions. And we’re encouraged when men who have spent some adult years outside of the priesthood are elevated, because we believe it’s likely such men are slightly less caught up in an unhealthy, secretive, rigid clerical culture that dominates the Catholic hierarchy.

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SNAP responds to arrest of Deacon in TN

We are repulsed and saddened by this story. For a five-year-old child to be put through this kind of torture is especially egregious, and we shudder to think what other children have been victimized by Thomas McConnell. 

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