Media Statements and Events

PA--SNAP responds: Two priests removed in Erie

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Leader, 636-433-2511,

We applaud these brave victims for stepping forward and reporting their abuse. While Bishop Lawrence Persico has contacted local law enforcement we hope that he will take some additional steps to encourage victims, witnesses and whistle-blowers to come forward. 

We say to anyone who has been harmed by Father Sean Kerins and/or Father David Poulsen that you did nothing wrong, that help is available.

It's never too late to come forward about being sexually abused.

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CA--Survivors’ group supports the work of Presentation High alumnae to make their school a safer place

For immediate release Thursday, February 8, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer SNAP East Bay Leader (925-708-6175,

Nearly five thousand former students of Presentation High School in San Jose and their supporters have signed a petition demanding an independent investigation into how the administration handled reported sexual abuse over the past thirty years. To date twenty women allege that they were molested at the prestigious Catholic girls’ school, and eight staff members have been accused. Many of the students say they reported at the time, but administrators failed to contact authorities outside the school as required by law. Despite the growing list of allegations, school officials maintain that all reports were handled properly.

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