Media Statements

IN--Victims urge Notre Dame to act on predator

For immediate release: Friday, June 26

Statement by Barbra Graber, leader of SNAP Mennonite Chapter, Mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org, 540-214-8874

Officials at Notre Dame are refusing to admit widely-documented and repeated sexual misconduct by a high profile former professor who worked on campus for two decades. We call on university staff to investigate his abuse and school cover ups and reach out to his victims.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/allegations-sexual-harassment-against-john-howard-yoder-extend-notre-dame

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/why-write-story-allegations-against-john-howard-yoder

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MA--Victims want Catholics to do more re 3 predators

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25

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)

Exactly three decade after he was suspended because of child sex crimes, the Vatican has defrocked one of Worcester’s most notorious predator priests, along with two other child molesting clerics. But local Catholic officials, who hid these decisions for at least six months, must do more.

http://www.catholicfreepress.org/local/2015/06/25/pope-laicizes-three-from-diocese/

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TN--Admitted predator priest loses again

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25

Statement by Susan Vance of Knoxville, Eastern TN SNAP leader (865-927-2923, 865-748-3518 cell, vancefamily1@comcast.net)

We’re glad that an increasingly desperate and manipulative predator priest has lost in court again. We hope his relentless legal maneuvers will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward, help prosecutors, protect kids and start healing.

http://wjhl.com/2015/06/25/judge-denies-request-of-former-priest-convicted-of-rape/

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PA--Victims applaud AG probe of monastery

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25

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

We’re glad law enforcement are searching a Catholic institution where a serial child molesting cleric spent time. We hope current and former monastery staff and students with information about the predator will pick up the phone and call the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office immediately.

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8632412-74/diocese-attorney-abuse#axzz3e6io4LSN

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IL-- Ex-Chicago priest arrested on sex charge

immediate release: Thursday, June 25

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)

An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his former church colleagues and supervisors in Chicago to take action.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/29390060/pastor-accused-of-fondling-man-in-boardman-restaurant

http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/24/youngstown-pastor-faces-charge-of-sexual/

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TN--Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org,

Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

Group deplores secrecy by church officials

SNAP: Pastor “changed his tune” about abuse

Victims think he should be investigated & charged

Preacher “clearly filed false police report,” self-help organization says

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VA--Ex-Richmond pastor found guilty of child sex crimes in Texas

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

A jury has found a Richmond pastor guilty on seven counts of child sexual abuse.

The former pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, Geronimo Aguilar (a.k.a. Pastor G) was convicted by a Texas jury this afternoon. We applaud this verdict and hope it brings some comfort to Aguilar’s victims.

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MN--Victims applaud ruling on predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We applaud Minnesota’s highest court for re-instating the conviction of a predator priest. Now, it’s up to the new head of the Twin Cities archdiocese to seek out and help others hurt by this criminal.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_28373255/st-paul-priests-sex-misconduct-conviction-reinstated

http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/sc/current/OPA120263-062415.pdf

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OH--Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

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

An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his church colleagues and supervisors to take action.

http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/24/youngstown-pastor-faces-charge-of-sexual/

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IL--Notorious predator passes; He worked in Joliet

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23

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

One of the nation’s most prolific predator priests – who worked in Joliet - has passed away and a victims’ group wants Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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PA--Victims blast new Paterno beer

For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2015

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

We’re dismayed that a new beer will be named after Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/06/joe_paterno_getting_beer_named.html

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IA--Notorious Iowa predator priest passes

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

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

One of Iowa’s most prolific predator priests has passed away and a victims’ group wants Davenport Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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