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VA- Youth minister charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 28, 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 Virginia youth minister has been charged with child sexual abuse. We are deeply saddened that there are likely more victims suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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IN- Pastor denied reduced sentence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 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 former Hammond Baptist pastor, who is serving a 12 year prison sentence for child sexual abuse, has had his petition to overturn his sentenced denied. We are glad the judge saw through this farce and upheld this rightly deserved sentence.  

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Dominican Republic- Authorities begin criminal proceedings against archbishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 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)

The Dominican Republic has begun criminal proceedings against the former archbishop. We are glad the prosecutor’s office in Santo Domingo has moved quickly to begin criminal proceedings and we hope Josef Wesolowski is apprehended and made to face justice immediately.

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OR- New lawsuit claims church knew about molester, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

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

Two Oregonian men have filed a lawsuit against the Seventh-day Adventist Church for allowing a convicted child molester to run a church sponsored youth club. We are grateful to these brave survivors for stepping up.  

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NY- Priest guilty of child porn avoids prison time, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, August 26, 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 retired New York priest plead guilty to possession of child porn and has avoided a prison sentence. We are disappointed by this outcome, but are glad he will have to register as a sex offender. 

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INTL- Authorities must arrest ex-archbishop now; SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 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)

Vatican officials have acted irresponsibly in the case of ex-archbishop Jozef Wesolowski and continue to dissemble about his case even now.

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OH- Diocese of Toledo gets a new Bishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

As Toledo, OH welcomes their new bishop, we hope that Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be a better advocate for clergy sex abuse victims than his predecessor was. 

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Rome- Archbishop stripped of diplomatic immunity

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 2014

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

Now, after a page 1 New York Times story, Vatican officials have striped a former archbishop of his diplomatic immunity. We hope Josef Wesolowski is caught by police before he flees.  

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OH- Victims applaud Cuyahoga judge

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 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 Cleveland judge has denied defense lawyers request that a priest, Fr. James McGonegal, be allowed into an alternate sentence program. We applaud this move. Citizens are safest when predators are locked up.

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TX- Teacher arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 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 first grade teacher has been arrested after a child came forward with abuse allegations. We applaud the bravery of this child and hope school officials will reach out to any other possible victims.

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Rome- Vatican must jail Polish archbishop now; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 25, 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)

Catholic Church officials in Rome and the Dominican Republic must take action to protect kids now from former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski.

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MN- Archdiocese names new head of child safety department

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 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)

Minnesota archdiocese names a judge as the head of the new department responsible for child safety. We hope he puts the safety of kids before the reputation of the church and predators.

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