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Canada- Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

For Immediate Release: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis MO 314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Brenda Brunelle of Windsor, Canada 519 800 3492, windsor@SNAPnetwork.org

Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

Ottawa man was former head of church youth group

He pled guilty last month to child sex crimes back in 1984

The victim will be in the courtroom and will give interviews

In 2002, a civil case against perpetrator & Knights of Columbus was settled

Group says Knights should prod others who were hurt to “come forward, get help, and call police

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is hoping that the former head a Catholic men’s organization will get the maximum sentence tomorrow in an Ontario courtroom for child sex crimes he admitted committing 30 years ago.

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Rome- Burke's demotion validates victims

For immediate release Friday, October 17, 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 most controversial Vatican prelate, Cardinal Raymond Burke, confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke said “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.” Burke said, however, that he hadn’t yet received a formal notice of transfer.  

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MO- Please help us protect kids in Kansas City

WHO WE ARE

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Some of us were sexually violated by clergy. Others are friends, relatives and supporters.

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NJ- Brick priest found guilty of abusing mother

For immediate release: Thursday, October 16, 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)

We are grateful that Fr. Marukudiyil Velan, known as “Fr. Chris” has been found guilty of criminal sexual conduct. Often trusted members of the clergy are given “light” sentences and then free to move into unsuspecting communities where they pose a very real danger.

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MN- Thursday 11 a.m. abuse court hearing in St. Paul

For immediate release Thursday, October 16, 2014 

For more info: Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A hearing will be held tomorrow in a St. Paul courtroom in a clergy sex abuse and cover-up case that revolves around the question of whether a priest can refuse to answer questions about alleged childhood sexual abuse by asserting the priest-penitent privilege.

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INTL- Irish priest guilty of child sexual abuse in Chile, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 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)

An Irish born priest, who had been working in Chile, has been found guilty of sexually abusing a child. We are grateful for the bravery of the victims for coming forward. We hope the perpetrator is put behind bars for a long time.

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NV- Abuse case against priest settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 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)

At least one of 30 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases that just settled in Missouri is against a Catholic priest who lives in the Reno area and was working in a parish as recently as four years ago.

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DC- Rabbi allegedly filmed women bathing, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 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 prominent Orthodox Rabbi from Washington DC has been arrested after allegedly video tapping women bathing in a ritual bathhouse. We applaud the brave woman who alerted officials to her suspicions.

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MO- KC clergy abuse cases settle

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 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)

Dozens of brave Kansas City men and women who were sexually assaulted as a child by priests have settled their abuse and cover up case against the KC Missouri diocese and its convicted bishop, Robert Finn.

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KY- Minister charged with sexual abuse of minor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

A Kentucky youth minister allegedly sexually abused and threatened one of his students. We are grateful to the brave victim who found the courage to speak up.

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MN- Clergy sexual abuse and cover-up case settles, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

This settlement and these promises are happening for two reasons: because caring victims take legal action and complicit officials fear trials. Let's never forget these two simple facts. So we desperately hope that no matter how this agreement plays out, we hope that men, women and kids who have been sexually violated by Minnesota priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers and other Catholic officials keep filing police reports and civil lawsuits. 

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WI- Clergy sexual abuse survivor is honored, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

A courageous, compassionate and persistent clergy sex abuse victim who helped warn parents and the public about a serial child molesting Catholic cleric is being honored this weekend. He richly deserves it.

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