Media Statements

VA--Just “outed” predator priest worked in VA

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 11, 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 priest accused of abusing in Virginia has been “outed” as an alleged predator in Pennsylvania this week. We call on Richmond Catholic officials and parishioners to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by the cleric. 

http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2016/08/09/15-priests-accused-abuse-had-ties-harrisburg-diocese/83179102/

An investigation by the York PA Daily Record found that “(Fr.) John Bostwick III was accused in 1996 of abuse that allegedly took place from 1980-82. . . The Harrisburg diocese said it contacted the Diocese of Richmond (Va.), where Bostwick was in 1996, and he was removed from ministry.”

As best we in SNAP can tell, the allegations against Fr. Bostwick have never been publicly disclosed in Virginia and they were revealed only one other time, in 1996 in Louisiana:

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1996_04_24_Simoneaux_PriestIn_John_Bostwick_1.htm

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LA--New Orleans church must do “outreach,” abuse victims say

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 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 few days ago, a Louisiana minister was been sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sex crimes. We call on his former colleagues and congregants at First Baptist Church of New Orleans to aggressively seek out others who may have information or suspicions about his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_c65e9558-5d84-11e6-ac4e-e334e00e2d9b.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/ex-first_baptist_youth_ministe_1.html

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MS--Ex-Mississippi pastor sentenced for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 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 Baptist minister who worked in Mississippi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing a 13 year old church member in Louisiana. We call on his former colleagues to aggressively seek out others who may have information or suspicions about his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_c65e9558-5d84-11e6-ac4e-e334e00e2d9b.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/ex-first_baptist_youth_ministe_1.html

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PA--Victims blast “reckless secrecy” of Harrisburg bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 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)

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer and his staff are putting kids in harm’s way by continuing to hide the names and whereabouts of predator priests. Shame on them.

After decades of pledges by Catholic officials to be “open” about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, they still being secretive. As a result, who knows how many unsuspecting families live near or individuals work with predator priests?

About 30 US dioceses post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests on their websites. Gainer, however, refuses to take this simple, inexpensive, practical step to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth. Shame on his employees who are complicit in this reckless secrecy: Joseph Aponick, Msgr. William King and other current and former church staff.

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VA--Church abuse panel walks away from investigation

The process of choosing an appropriate firm was “flawed" they say

Mennonite committee apologizes to victim for excluding her

Survivors applaud this “rare public stand” by church leaders 

Statement by SNAP Leader Barbra Graber, 540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org, August 8, 2016

Today, a church panel ended their involvement in an investigation into a former Mennonite university vice president accused of sexual abuse, stalking and making violent threats. We applaud their compassionate move. We hope that officials will still take the Panel’s original recommendation of GRACE as the chosen investigating group or go back to the drawing board and this time be genuinely inclusive.

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GA--Clergy sex abuse victims to start new support group

For immediate release: Monday, August 8, 2016

An international self-help organization for men and women who were molested by religious leaders will hold its first confidential support group meeting in Savannah on Tuesday, August 9th.

Michael Corbett, who is the Savannah director for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), explained why he is starting a local support group.   

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MN--Priest in Duluth admits abuse; Bishop still pays him

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 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 priest living in northern Minnesota and who’s still being paid by Catholic officials has basically admitted sexually abusing kids in Guam. We urge Duluth church employees – from bookkeepers to bishops – to aggressively seek out others who may have be hurt by this child molesting cleric.

http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2016/08/04/former-guam-priest-says-s-possible-he-abused-altar-boys/88058346/

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GA--Victims' group calls for ouster of USA Gymnastic officials re abuse

For immediate release: Friday, August 5

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)

Two USA Gymnastics officials should resign in the wake of a disturbing IndyStar investigation showing that they didn’t call police about reports of sexual abuse by coaches — relying on an irresponsible policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings about their suspected crimes.   

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PA--Victims urge “whistleblowers” to step forward re Msgr. Lynn

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 4

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)

A trial date has been set for the only US Catholic official to ever do jail time for hiding and enabling child sex crimes. So now it’s time for church staff to stop protecting Msgr. William Lynn like Lynn protected predator priests. It’s time for every current and former church employee – from bookkeeper to bishop – who has information or suspicions about Msgr. Lynn’s complicity to overcome their fears, do their duty and call Philly prosecutors.   

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NC--Victims challenge bishop about accused abusive teacher

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 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)

A female teacher who now lives in Charlotte is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl. For the safety of children, we call on Charlotte Catholic officials to warn parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners and the public about the alleged predator.

We hope this new lawsuit, filed today in Boston, will bring comfort to some, knowing that an alleged sex offender has now been “outed” and knowing that youngsters are now safer. We also hope this case will expose what her colleagues and supervisors did and didn’t do to protect kids. We hope others who have information or suspicions about her crimes will come forward now to protect others and begin healing. And again, we hope Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis will use his vast resources to sound the alarm about this credibly accused child molester.

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MA--Catholic teacher accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 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)

Boston area Catholic officials are accused of committed and concealing child sex crimes by a female teacher against a girl. We hope this lawsuit will bring comfort to some, knowing that an alleged sex offender has now been “outed” and knowing that youngsters are now safer. We also hope this case will expose what her colleagues and supervisors did and didn’t do to protect kids. And we hope others who have information or suspicions about her crimes will come forward now to protect others and begin healing. 

http://www.wcvb.com/news/woman-says-catholic-school-ignored-sex-abuse-by-teacher-coach/41024144

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/necn-Investigates-Catholic-School-Sexual-Abuse-Allegations-388992832.html

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MN--MN bishop won’t release abuse investigation into archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 3

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)

Minnesota’s top Catholic official will keep hidden an investigation into his predecessor who’s accused of concealing child sex crimes, committing sexual misconduct and retaliating against some who rebuffed his sexual advances.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/twin-cities-hebda-archdioceses-response-abuse-allegations-was-failure-not-crime   

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