Media Statements

OR--Victims blast Portland archbishop over Spotlight remarks

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 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)

Shame on Portland’s Catholic archbishop for engaging in self-promotion instead of abuse prevention by posturing about the award-winning film “Spotlight.”

http://katu.com/news/local/pdx-archbishop-responds-to-spotlight-movie-popularity

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WA--Victims urge Seattle archbishop to act in new sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Seattle SNAP director (425 941 6001mdispenza@icloud.com  

A counselor at a Catholic agency has been arrested for allegedly abusing a teenager in the Seattle archdiocese.

http://komonews.com/news/local/sheriff-drug-counselor-suspected-of-sexual-relationship-with-teen-boy

Until recently Jamie Wright of Marysville worked for the Catholic Community Services Northwest Recovery Center in Burlington. This week, police caught her in a car with a boy. Though one news account said the two have been “in a relationship for months” we stress that this is alleged child sexual abuse.

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PA--SNAP: “Other PA bishops must act now”

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 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)

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we call on all Pennsylvania bishops to quickly and thoroughly share the names of Altoona predator priests cited in the new grand jury report.

No priest stays in his home diocese forever. Virtually all priests cross diocesan boundaries often and help at churches where their clerical colleagues are sick or on vacation, when seminarians are ordained, when a bishop is installed and for dozens of other reasons.

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PA--Victims on Altoona: “Probe is on-going, so act!”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 1, 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)

The Altoona abuse and cover up investigation is on-going. It’s key to remember that. Just because there are no criminal charges now doesn’t mean there won’t be any later. 

We believe it’s the moral and civic duty of every Altoona area Catholic to actively seek out others who saw or suspected or suffered crimes by these 50 predator priests. We believe Altoona area church staff have the same duty. But we know that virtually none of them will take action, because they’re too timid, whether they’re a bookkeeper or a bishop. And since they won’t, it’s crucial that rank-and-file church members do this outreach.

We beg Catholics and citizens to read carefully the parts of the report that deal with how Catholic officials deal with abuse reports now. It’s worth reading this piece from PennLive.com

The bishop controlled the Allegation Review Board.

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NJ--Victims urge bishop to announced predator’s death

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 1, 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)

 New Jersey predator priest has passed away.  We hope his death of brings some comfort to the courageous victims who came forward and reported his horrific crimes.

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon/index.ssf/2016/03/ex-priest_in_prison_for_sexually_assaulting_alter.html

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MA--Victims blast Boston Cardinal over “posturing”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Statement by Ann Webb, former co-director of Boston SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (annhaganwebb@gmail.com)
It’s so tiresome watching Cardinal Sean O’Malley posture about clergy sex crime and cover ups. The latest example: his comments today about Spotlight. By shrewdly using words like “historical” and “forgiveness,” he perpetuates the comforting but irresponsible myth that most of this is “in the past,” when he knows that’s just not true. 
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Grand jury report blasts PA bishops; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 1, 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)

Another grand jury has found that Catholic officials respond deceitfully to child sex abuse reports. We’re saddened but not the least bit surprised. It proves what we’ve long maintained: that even now, under the guise of “reform,” bishops continue to deceive parishioners and the public about their on-going efforts to hide abuse.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2016/03/01/Staggering-abuse-cover-up-in-Altoona-Johnstown-diocese-grand-jury-says/stories/201603010091

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Related_Content/PressReleases/GJ%20Diocese%20Report.pdf

We hope this investigation will prod similar ones across the US.

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MI--Predator priest admits guilt; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 29, 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 grateful that an ex-priest has pled guilty to more child sex crimes. We hope this news will prod others that he has hurt to come forward. (See attorney general’s news release below.)

Fr. James Francis Rapp has already been convicted on other child sex charges and is imprisoned. So it would have been easy for law enforcement to look the other way when more victims surfaced.

But Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed more child sex charges against him for molesting kids at Jackson Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson in the 1980s.

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NY--Victims respond to Spotlight Oscar victory

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 29, 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)

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the two outstanding Spotlight teams: the one that did the work and the one that did the film. At the same time, however, our hearts ache for every single victim of sexual violence, especially those whose perpetrators and enablers continue to live, work and cause more pain while under the radar.

The overwhelming majority of abuse victims never speak up. The overwhelming majority of predators and their allies are never “outed.” This must change if kids are to be safer.

We hope more journalists and editors and police and prosecutors will dig deeper and work harder. We hope every single person who has suspected or seen child sex crimes or cover ups – no matter how old, small or seemingly insignificant – will call independent, experienced sources of help, not church officials. And we hope every single survivor of these crimes and cover ups will overcome their fears, break their silence, expose the wrongdoers and help protect the children.

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CA--The real Oscar winners tonight

For immediate release: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, founder of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We already know who the winners are at the Oscars. They're the same folks who “win” every single time someone watches, discusses, or reads a review of Spotlight.

It's children.

No matter which Hollywood types walk away with those statues tonight, kids are the real winners. They are safer because the movie Spotlight has prompted hundreds of thousands to think, talk and take action about child sex crimes and cover ups, even or especially in trusted institutions.

These adults are more careful now with babysitters. They are more attentive to changes in kids’ behavior. They more skeptical about claims by officials about alleged “openness,” “care” and “prudence” about kids’ safety.

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Vatican--US group praises Ballarat abuse victims in Rome for Pell testimony

For immediate release, February 27, 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 leaders and members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are grateful to and empowered by our fellow Australian survivors now in Rome for the testimony of ex-Melbourne Archbishop George Pell. We admire them for their courage and resourcefulness and hope their trip brings them healing and inspires hope and bravery in other survivors across the globe. 

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OR--Predator priest sued for first time; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 26, 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 applaud the brave man who is exposing an Oregon predator priest, Fr. Emmerich Vogt. As best we can tell, this is the first time this cleric has been “outed” as a credibly accused child molester. He’s the 89th publicly accused Portland archdiocesan predator priest.

http://katu.com/news/local/lawsuit-claims-priest-sexually-abused-portland-boy

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