Media Statements

SD--Victims want bishop to help on abuse

For immediate release: Monday, April 11, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Victims urge bishop to act on abuse

Group wants “outreach” about SD predator

He was just sued for child sex crimes in Texas

But he’s an SD native and worked here too

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging South Dakota Catholic officials to “aggressively reach out” to victims of a recently-sued predator priest. 

Last month, Fr. Milton “Milty” Eggerling was accused for the first time in Texas sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit. In it, the victim charges that Eggerling lured him with special treatment, gifts of money, and outings before sexually abusing him. The abuse, which took place in the 1970s, began when the boy was 11 years old.

The lawsuit also says that Austin, Texas, church officials—including the bishop—knew or should have known about the abuse and did little to nothing to stop it.  http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/lawsuit-filed-against-austin-catholic-diocese-over/nqjjG/

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IN--Victims want priest disciplined for defending accused molester

For immediate release: Monday, April 11, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.comBarbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Notre Dame prof publicly discounts abuse allegations

Survivors urge his superior to denounce “this hurtful move”

University head should discipline the cleric, support group says

SNAP: “President should also use this opportunity to educate the rest of his staff

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PA--Victims urge US Attny: No consent decree with church

For immediate release: Saturday, April 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We urge a US attorney to NOT enter into any “consent decrees” with church officials and we applaud him for considering RICO charges against them.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/feds-seek-racketeering-suit-clergy-abuse-diocese-38118342

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IN--Priest’s damning suicide note is revealed; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A suicide note strongly suggests that a high profile accused predator priest who worked at Notre Dame is guilty of child sex crimes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3530285/The-final-insult-child-molester-Catholic-priest-committed-suicide-evade-justice-said-gift-victims-life-serving-others.html

http://www.snapnetwork.org/in_accused_notre_dame_predator_priest_commits_suicide_victims_respond

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MO--Victims blast KC bishop over more "healing" events

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com
KC Catholic officials keep holding self-serving “healing” events when they should be focused on protecting vulnerable kids, not winning back upset parishioners. (There's one set for April 21.)
Their priorities are backwards.
Such services are nothing more than public relations. They don't protect a single child, expose a single predator, punish a single concealer or deter a single cover up.
Notice the slogan or tag line for this program: "Healing our Parishes Through Emphathy." That's their goal: restoring parishioners faith in church officials. Not stopping abuse. Not helping victims. "Healing parishes." 
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CA--Cardinal Mahony removed from event; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, SNAP volunteer western regional director, 949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com

We are glad that an archbishop is forcing his corrupt predecessor to withdraw from a church service. And we are deeply grateful to concerned parishioners who are speaking out against honoring a prelate who ignored and concealed heinous sex crimes against kids.

http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/150835/

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MD--Reform of child sex bill fails; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

It’s heartbreaking that a Maryland legislator has been betrayed three times, first by a pedophile, then by a predator-friendly justice system and now by his timid colleagues.

We commend Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson (D-Charles) for his courage and compassion.  We are very sad that his hard, brave work to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded has ended in vain, at least for now.

We’re even more sad because more Maryland children will be hurt in the months and years ahead because lawmakers won’t stand up to the self-serving lobbying efforts of corrupt Catholic officials and enable more child sex abuse victims to expose child molesters in court.

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GA--Victims blast “misleading comments” by Atlanta archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

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

Atlanta’s top Catholic official is misleading his flock instead of protecting it.

He refuses to post predator priests’ names on church websites. He’s making deceptive claims about his dealings with pedophiles. And despite repeated pledges to be “open” about predator priests, he’s refusing to answer questions about six of them who were “outed” for abuse elsewhere but worked or spent time in his archdiocese.

Two days ago, in response to questions from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Archbishop Wilton Gregory claimed “Our archdiocese has one of the most stringent safe environment policies in the country, including zero tolerance for abuse.” We challenge him to prove this. We strongly believe this isn’t true.

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IL--Ex-Chicago pastor beaten while molesting boy in TX

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A former Chicago minister who was attacked last week by bystanders while molesting a child, has been charged with child sex crimes and is accused of abusing three boys.

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/bystanders-beat-the-crap-out-of-youth-pastor-they-caught-molesting-a-6-year-old-boy/#.VwVAC9UcLCM.twitter 

He is Rev. Willie Lee Bell Jr., who was a youth pastor at New Covenant M.B. Church in Chicago from 2009 to 2014. He is also CEO of WILBE Productions, LLC in Chicago. He also reportedly worked in Jackson, Tennessee from 2008 to 2010.

https://www.facebook.com/thewillbell/about?section=education&pnref=about

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OK--Museum should remove D. Hastert honors

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

The Stillwater-based Wrestling Hall of Fame must now remove all references to and honors of Dennis Hastert, the ex-House speaker. Continuing to treat Hastert as a role model or even a celebrity hurts victims of sexual violence and deters them from reporting predators.

Hastert has pled guilty to financial misdeeds. He is accused of lying to law enforcement and molested at least four boys. And this week, he’s minimizing his wrong-doing with a vague and self-serving “apology” while refusing to “come clean” about how widespread and long-standing his crimes.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-hastert-st-0408-20160408-column.html

http://nwhof.org/stillwater/hall-of-fame/#type=hof&honoree=327

Months ago, a number of other institutions removed honors and mentions of Hastert:

http://www.snapnetwork.org/dc_victims_call_for_removal_of_hastert_s_portrait_in_congress

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Washington D.C.--Now, 4 accuse Hastert; Victims ask judge 3 questions

For immediate release: Thursday, April 7
Statement by SNAP leader Becky Ianni of Burke, Virginia 703 601 8044SNAPvirginia@cox.net
Now, reportedly four victims of a child molesting ex-Congressman Dennis Hastert have come forward. We commend each of them for their courage. We are also grateful to Kevin Ross and Jolene Burdge for speaking publicly about Hastert’s crimes.
The Chicago Tribune reports that some of Hastert’s abusive conduct “might come to light this week when prosecutors are expected to file sentencing memorandums.” We hope that happens. We also hope that at least one of Hastert’s victims testifies at that hearing.
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NC--Predator priest is now at “Spiritual Center”

For immediate release: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com
A newspaper is reporting that an ex-priest who was convicted of child sex crimes is now at a North Carolina “spiritual center.” We think, this is a dangerous move and we urge his colleagues and supervisors to oust him.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution spoke recently with William Groves, a now-defrocked priest who pled guilty to felony abuse and sheltering “runaway Indian and Hispanic kids and giving them drugs and alcohol.” In June 2015, he was vice treasurer at the Spiritual Light Center in Franklin, North Carolina. Two local citizens told us they began to be suspicious when Groves repeatedly offered to set up a children’s program at the Center even though there were few children among the members there.
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