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) 708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

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) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

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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