Media Statements

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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FL--Accused abusive masseuse fires back, victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Massage therapist attacks his accuser

He was sued for assaulting a customer 

An Orlando massage is firing back against allegations that he sexually assaulted a client. Victims of sexual assault reacted with horror to his hurtful and untruthful remarks.

In January, Frederick Dost was named as the perpetrator of an attack on a female customer in a lawsuit filed against a Massage Envy spa. The victim says she also reported her attack to law enforcement, the Florida Department of Health and the Massage Envy franchise. Dost’s employment was subsequently terminated.

https://www.pathtojustice.com/lawsuit-filed-against-massage-envy-for-alleged-sexual-abuse-by-orlando-massage-therapist/

http://www.wesh.com/news/woman-accuses-former-massage-envy-masseur-of-sexual-battery/37684760

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Washington D.C.--Victims blast Hastert “apology”

For immediate release: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Statement by 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 believe prison time for Dennis Hastert is appropriate and his so-called ‘apology’ is not.

A criminal who breaks the law once often deserves leniency. A young person who impulsively shoplifts on a dare or vandalizes once when drunk should be given a break, especially if they break the law once.

But Hastert did wrong in two ways: he sexually assaulted kids and he illegally moved hush money. We suspect he broke the law dozens of times, repeatedly using his power and status as a trusted teacher and coach to sexually violate youngsters. 

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OH--Columbus predator priest passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 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 credibly accused Ohio predator priest has passed away. Now, we beg Bishop Frederick Campbell to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him” by using church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.

And Campbell should explain why he basically kept silent for more than three months, despite his repeated pledges to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes. Had Campbell done what many bishops do, and told the public about this predator priest’s passing, he might have brought comfort to some of the cleric’s victims.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=177116194

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NY--Attny General pushes abuse reform; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining the chorus pushing to reform New York’s archaic, predator-friendly abuse laws. He’s right when he says “By denying child sexual abuse victims their day in court, we are denying them their right to equal justice under the law.”  

But worse, New York’s incredibly strict statute of limitations is also helping child molesters stay hidden and putting kids at risk. It’s almost always through the criminal and civil courts that predators are exposed and children are protected.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-ag-urges-albany-action-kid-rape-law-article-1.2589828

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MO--Victims blast Catholic officials for honoring criminal

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 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)

Under the headline “Hometown Team,” the latest issue of Catholic St. Louis portrays Bishop Robert Finn as one of several local priest who have climbed the clerical ladder to become prelates. But it makes no mention of Finn’s status as the only US bishop to be convicted for concealing evidence of child sex crimes from police and prosecutors.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/convicted-kc-priest-featured-among-notable-priests-from-st-louis/article_9f582aa1-440d-5ec8-9b76-ca604e338aa1.html

In a nutshell, this is one key reason why the clergy sex abuse and cover up scandal keeps roiling the church: because those who endanger kids, hide predators, stonewall prosecutors, deceive parishioners are almost never defrocked, demoted, disciplined or even denounced by their Catholic colleagues or supervisors.

Ignoring wrongdoing essentially encourages more wrongdoing.

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PA--Abuse bill moves in PA legislature; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 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’re glad Pennsylvania lawmakers are finally moving to reform the state’s archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations but disappointed that because there’s no civil window, hundreds who have committed or concealed child sex crimes will remain hidden and escape responsibility.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2016/04/statute_of_limitations_ron_mar_1.html

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FL--Predator preacher passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 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 credibly accused Florida predator preacher has passed away. Now, we beg his former church members and colleagues to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him using church websites, pulpit announcements, social media and “word of mouth” so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-dead-in-prison-20160405-story.html

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RI--Predator priest passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 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 credibly accused Rhode Island predator priest has passed away. Now, we beg Bishop Thomas Tobin to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him” by using church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.
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NY--NYC’s Dolan continues abuse secrecy, victims say

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 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)

Today, more evidence emerges showing that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is among the most secretive US Catholic officials when it comes to the safety of children.

Last week, the website of Dolan’s archdiocesan newspaper quietly posted a short notice that Fr. Keith Fennessy has been suspended because of child pornography.

http://cny.org/stories/Father-Fennessy-Barred-From-Priestly-Ministry,13818?

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