Media Statements

Canada- Catholic official pleads guilty to child sex crimes

For Immediate Release: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis MO 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Brenda Brunelle of Windsor, Canada 519 800 3492,windsor@SNAPnetwork.org 

Victims urge Catholic group to do outreach 

Its former official faces sentencing in sex case 

Ottawa man was former head of Catholic youth group

He just pleaded guilty in 1984 child sexual assault case 

In 2002, a civil case against him & Knights of Columbus was settled 

Group says Knights should prod others who were hurt to “come forward, get help, and call police” 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging a Catholic men’s organization to help find others who may have been sexually assaulted by an Ottawa man who pleaded guilty last week to child sex crimes.

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MO- SNAP applauds brave KC victims on historic win

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 15, 2015
 
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
 
We applaud the 42 brave and determined men and women who were assaulted as kids by Kansas City priests. And joined the unusual “breach of contract” lawsuit against KC Catholic officials. Their ground-breaking effort has inspired child sex abuse victims across the country and have shown that civil lawsuits can bring reform, prevention, healing and justice in unexpected ways.
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NJ- Camp counselor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A New Jersey teenaged camp counselor has been arrested for inappropriately touching several young boys under his supervision. We applaud the brave witness who came forward and reported to police. When those who see, suspect, or suffer child sex crimes speak up children are safer.

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Ireland- Victims urge vigilance regarding Brady's resignation

For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Whether the Vatican accepts Cardinal Sean Brady's resignation sooner or later, we caution Irish citizens and Catholics to not become complacent about the safety of kids.

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MO- 2nd judge upholds “first-ever” breach award of $1.1 million to victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A judge has ruled against Bishop Robert Finn and for 42 victims of clergy sex crimes in an unprecedented “breach of contract” case, the only one like it in the country.

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NV- Las Vegas man, part of odd church, is sentenced on child abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Las Vegas man, who is a former Maryland megachurch leader, has been sentenced to 40 years in jail, after being found guilty of sexually abusing three boys. We are glad he has been given such a long sentence. Children are safer when predators are locked up, where they can’t hurt another innocent child. 

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NC- Former pastor faces additional charges, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A North Carolina ex-pastor has been charged with an additional 26 child sexual abuse charges after more victims came forward. We are grateful to the victims who have come forward and reported to police. Their bravery will help others who are suffering in silence and self-blame.

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NC- Church music teacher out on bond, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A North Carolina music teacher, who was arrested for child sexual abuse, is out on bond. We are concerned that while he is out on bond he will be able to hurt another child. We urge parents and the community to be vigilant.

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MD- Church leader to be sentenced in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Maryland megachurch leader will be sentenced today after being found guilty of sexually abusing three boys. We hope he gets the harshest sentence. Children are safer when predators are locked up, where they can’t hurt another innocent child.

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NY- Ex-Brooklyn priest sued for child sex abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com) 

A new child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against Fr. William Authenrieth who is originally from the Diocese of Brooklyn, abused in New York and Florida, and now lives in Massachusetts. 

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Chile- Where's investigation into Chile priest baby stealing?

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Chilean priest who Catholic officials say stole babies from their mothers (claiming that the infants were dead) says he'll return from Spain to face criminal charges if they are filed against him. We believe Father Alex Vigueras is lying. 

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FL- New child sexual abuse lawsuit filed, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A new child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against Fr. William Authenrieth who is apparently still alive and living in Massachusetts.

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