Media Statements and Events

MO – Father Jiang/St. Louis Archdiocese found not liable for sexual abuse of a child, survivors respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, SNAP Volunteer Board Member (925)

We know from statistics that few allegations of child sexual abuse are false, particularly when the outcry is made by a child. So, we are saddened to learn that a jury in St. Louis today found Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis not liable for the 2012 sexual abuse of a young girl.

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MT--Diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of trial, Victims respond

For immediate release, April 1, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Leader, (949)

The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is just the latest to hide behind bankruptcy protection to avoid potentially embarrassing and expensive child sex abuse and cover-up civil trials. 

These filings are seldom about money. Instead, church officials filed for federal protection on the eve of a July trial to ensure that victims and the general public never know the true extent of sex abuse and cover-up throughout eastern Montana.

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