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Clergy victims back SD child sex abuse reforms

Besides jail, two things keep kids safe from child predators - publicly exposing predators and deterring others from concealing their crimes. There's no better way to do this than by reforming archaic, arbitrary, predator-friendly laws like the statute of limitations.

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Accused KC Catholic priest quickly restored to ministry; SNAP responds

We’re disappointed that Fr. Matt Bartulica has been so quickly restored to his job despite allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse. How thorough could an alleged church “investigation” be if it just took a couple of weeks? 

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OK Catholic official promoted to KS; SNAP responds

We’re disappointed that Msgr. Edward Weisenburger has been promoted. For the past 16 years, he has been a high-ranking official (vicar general) in an archdiocese (Oklahoma City) with a disturbing record with children’s safety. 

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Suspended predator priest “retires;” SNAP responds

Sorry, “retirement” doesn’t cut it. Bishops promised to oust child molesting clerics, not let them voluntarily step down.

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Catholic Cardinal on abuse: “We did nothing wrong!”

In a new, rare and stunning just-published interview, former NYC Archbishop Edward Egan made shocking statements about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, including: 

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Defrocked minister to lead retreat in Georgia

Defrocked minister to lead retreat in Georgia

In 1999 he admitted abusing boy at a retreat in Texas

Church fails to warn retreat-goers of his crimes

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Victims blast Dolan & Vatican over serial predator priest ruling

In a new decision, Vatican officials are refusing to defrock a serial predator priest, Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, and NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan is quietly going along with the reckless decision. 

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Maine’s highest court lets pedophile priest case go forward

In a new ruling, Maine’s highest court is letting a child sex abuse victim expose a predator priest in the court. The case involves Fr. Renald C. Hallee, who was found, just last year, working in a Boston-area Catholic church, despite the pending court case against him.

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SNAP responds to arrest of pedophile teacher in LA

We are deeply disturbed at the level of depravity of Mark Berndt. Our hearts grieve for the torture suffered by the children that he abused and who may have looked up to him as a teacher before he betrayed their trust. We hope they are able to find healing and recovery.

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SNAP responds to release of David Pierce

We've very worried that this convicted serial child predator is being released so quickly and will soon again be around unsuspecting families. 

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Finn’s new staff say “no anonymous abuse reports;" SNAP responds

For decades, most Catholic bishops have assured their flocks they “take child sex abuse seriously” and “act promptly” on reports or suspicions of abuse. So it’s disconcerting that only now Kansas City church officials are claiming they’re starting to “look into suspicions of abuse.”

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Victims comment on child sex abuse reform bills advancing

Whenever a lawmaker stiffens penalties against child predators, our children are safer from abuse.  We applaud Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia's tough new criminal bills and hope that other lawmakers in the state follow her lead.

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