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KY -- Please help us protect kids!

WHO WE ARE

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY WE’RE HERE

We want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, and expose the truth about clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

 

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KY -- Louisville area nuns who are or have been accused of child sexual abuse -- SNAP FACT SHEET 3/15

We’re concerned about abuse by nuns because a disproportionately high number of accused child molesting nuns have worked and lived in Louisville. Abuse by women has gotten little attention and victims of women often get little compassion and considerable misunderstanding.

Nuns also change their names more often than priests so could more easily get access to more kids even after being publicly accused.

In very cursory Internet research, we found that the last nun on this list has been sent elsewhere and is teaching immigrants, a very vulnerable group.

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MN -- Four credibly accused MN clerics identified; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 13

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

Four New Ulm Catholic priests have been identified as “credibly accused” child molesters but again, church officials ask victims to call them instead of calling law enforcement FIRST. That’s irresponsible and self-serving.

 

 

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MD -- Victims hope Catholic abuse case goes to trial

For immediate release: Friday, March 13

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

We are glad that an ex-employee is suing the Baltimore archdiocese and we hope the case goes to trial so that parents and the public learn more about child sex abuse allegations at a Catholic school.

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/former-librarian-sues-school-over-firing-after-sex-abuse-case/31774264

 

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ROME- Group urges Vatican to hire victim

For immediate release: Friday, March 13, 2015

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

We hope Vatican officials hire Pete Saunders to head an abuse office, but only if they're prepared to fully fund it and give him wide latitude. While we are unconvinced that the papal abuse panel on which he sits has much chance to make a difference, we support any move that decreases the role of clerics in dealing with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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HI--Victims blast judge for predator’s light sentence

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

We're appalled that an admitted child molesting teacher may spend just a year in prison.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/28397491/former-sacred-hearts-teacher-sentenced-for-sexually-assaulting-student   

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UT--Victims back Utah white collar crime registry BUT. . .

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

Utah may create the nation’s first registry of white collar criminals. We applaud this move but urge lawmakers to also consider a registry of those convicted of failure to report suspected child sex crimes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/business/dealbook/utah-passes-white-collar-felon-registry.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news  

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SC--Victims blast Bob Jones University over “inaction”

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We are dreadfully disappointed in Bob Jones University officials who refuse to reform in the wake of a thorough investigation into how sexual crimes and cover ups happened at the school.

We join victims of abuse and betrayal at BJU who feel very let down by the obvious inaction by top university staffers.

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2015/03/10/bob-jones-university-issues-response-to-grace-report/24697779/  

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RI--Victims urge caution with RI Catholic boarding school

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried that a controversial, secretive Catholic group will open a boarding school in Rhode Island.

http://www.valleybreeze.com/2015-03-11/observer-smithfield-west/legion-christ-open-overbrook-academy-boarding-school#.VQGt3fnF_Mh   

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FL--Naples priest accused of child sex abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

A Naples priest is accused of molesting a child. We urge Naples’ bishop to visit his parish this weekend begging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him to call police.

http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/archdiocese-investigates-30-year-old-sexual-abuse-claim-20150311  

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WA--Victims worried about new Spokane bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried about Spokane’s new bishop and how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

Thomas Anthony Daly has spent time in the San Francisco archdiocese (26 publicly accused predator priests) and the San Jose diocese (12 publicly accused predator priests). He was promoted to head a seminary by the highly controversial and secretive Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.   

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KY--Victims worried about new Lexington bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried about Lexington’s new bishop and how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

In a 2008 interview, Rev. John Stowe made three troubling comments about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/01_02/2008_01_25_Gonzalez_SiftingThrough.htm  

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