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NY--Syracuse bishop must do more re predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11

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)

We’re grateful to two retired police officers who are helping to expose stunning recklessness and deceit by Syracuse Catholic officials. They say law enforcement staff warned a Catholic bishop about suspected sexual misconduct by Msgr. Charles Eckermann.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/thirty_years_before_child-molesting_accusations_against_priest_syracuse_police_r.html#incart_river  

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PA--New Paterno statue may soon go up

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11

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)

The new Joe Paterno statue – scheduled to go up last month – will likely go up soon. It is a hurtful mistake. It won’t help Paterno. But it will help other wrongdoers, by discouraging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from reporting known or suspected crimes.

http://onwardstate.com/2014/04/23/joe-paterno-statue-planned-for-downtown/   

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OH--Victims want college to oust child predator

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

For more info: Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com)

Victims write college trustees

They want controversial professor ousted

He's a twice-accused child molesting ex-cleric

Most board members have ties to Catholic college

SNAP urges them to recuse themselves on the issue

A support group for abuse victims is urging trustees of a local college urging them to fire a professor who has been defrocked recently from the priesthood. They also want trustees to recuse themselves from the matter if they are Catholics.  

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CA--Victims applaud second woman who sues Cosby

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

Statement by SNAP leader Peter Pollard of Springfield MA, 413-335-9969, springfieldSNAP@aol.com

In A Springfield MA court, a woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, this time for defamation.  We applaud Tamara Green and hope her move inspires others who were hurt by Cosby to take similar legal action to expose his heinous crimes and deter his hurtful comments.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/tamara-green-sues-bill-cosby-defamation-article-1.2040441   

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MN--"Keep accused priest off the job"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

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

The fate of a Twin Cities priest who has been accused of sexually exploiting adult women is now in the hands of Archbishop John Nienstedt, who is also accused of adult sexual misconduct.

http://canonicalconsultation.com/1/post/2014/12/acquittal-of-reverend-mark-huberty.html

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25677148/maplewood-priest-sex-case-involved-other-women-prosecutor      

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NM--7 more Catholic clerics in NM are accused of child sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 9

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)

Seven New Mexico clerics with a Catholic religious order called the Franciscans are accused of sexually abusing youngsters, according to the Gallup Independent newspaper and court documents.   

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MI--Probe deepens into bishop for alleged misdeeds in Detroit

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 9

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 investigation into a Minnesota Catholic archbishop who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with seminarians in Detroit is deepening. Detroit’s current archbishop must help, by aggressively reaching out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered sexual misdeeds by his colleague.  

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OH -- A man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican

For immediate release: Sunday, Dec. 7

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 man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But he is now teaching at a local college. Steubenville's bishop must do more to protect children from him and explain his own secrecy surrounding the troubling case.

After several credible allegations of child sexual abuse, Catholic officials in Rome have finally defrocked Gary A. Zalenski from the priesthood.

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CA -- Victims Blast Politician for Defending Bill Cosby

Statement by Tim Lennon

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

San Francisco Local Leader

 

Politician Willie Brown should be ashamed of himself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosby despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.

http://sfist.com/2014/12/08/willie_brown_defends_bill_cosby_say.php

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CA--Victims blast singer who is defending Bill Cosby

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 8

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Singer Jill Scott should be ashamed of herself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosb y despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.

 http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2014/12/08/singers-defense-of-cosby-amid-rape-allegations-outrages-social-media_20141208133537.html   

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MN--Accused priest is deemed not guilty

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 8

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 )

A Twin Cities priest has been found not guilty of sexually exploiting a women who sought counseling from him. We are disappointed in this verdict but proud of and grateful to the brave woman who helped police and prosecutors pursue this important case.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_27092537/maplewood-priest-mark-huberty-acquitted-sexual-misconduct-woman   

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CA--In light of Cosby case, victims of other predators should sue & report

For immediate release: Sunday, Dec. 7

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

One clear lesson has already emerged from the roiling Bill Cosby scandal: more child sex abuse victims should take – or at least explore - legal action against their predators, even if the crimes happened decades ago.   

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