Media Statements

IL--Victims blast Hastert over pension

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We are sad but not surprised that Dennis Hastert is trying to get even richer. We hope he fails in his latest legal maneuver. http://www.fox5ny.com/news/220261923-story

http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2016/11/28/imprisoned-dennis-hastert-fights-for-tax-covered-pension

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NY--Group blasts Albany bishop over hunger strike

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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)

We are sad but not surprised that Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger refuses to meet with two women who say they were abused by Catholic employees. More and more, bishops are acting like they acted before the church’s abuse and cover up crisis erupted in 2002 – as untouchable potentates, rather than as caring shepherds.

http://news10.com/2016/11/28/women-claiming-to-be-sexually-abused-holding-hunger-strike-against-albany-diocese/

http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/women-who-claim-to-have-been-victims-of-sex-abuse-by-catholic-priests-begin-hunger-strike

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FL--Victims blast new Tampa/St. Pete Catholic bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 28, 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)

We are disappointed that Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee has been promoted to head Florida's second-largest market as the fifth bishop of St Petersburg. We disapprove of his handling of a 2013 predator priest case and see no signs that might indicate that he be any better than his predecessor in dealing with the church’s continuing child sex abuse and cover up crisis.

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Vatican--Two controversial prelates are “demoted;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 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)

Pope Francis is not re-appointing two controversial, highly visible prelates to a global church panel. We’re glad this is happening even though we likely disagree with the pontiff for the reasons.

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-confirms-removal-burke-pell-worship-congregation

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TX--Survivors call for full disclosue from Cardinal DiNardo

We are members of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are working hard to heal from trauma, and we want to reach others who have been similarly victimized but remain trapped in secrecy, silence and shame. A first step in healing is to ensure that the cycle of violence stops with us. We don't want to see anyone suffer as we have.

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TX--Houston-Galveston survivors say "Please Help Us Protect Kids"

Please help us protect kids! 

WHO WE ARE

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Thank you for reading this flier.

WHY WE’RE HERE
We want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, and expose the truth about clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes. Specifically, we want Cardinal DiNardo to ensure transparency of child sexual abuse and cover ups in his archdiocese.

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TN-- Victims want Mid-South preacher fired

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Victims want minister ousted

He admits not calling police in alleged abuse case

Still, he’s now with a regional Baptist group in TN

“This just encourages others to stay silent about abuse,” group says

Instead, SNAP wants church officials to “punish him and deter cover ups”

That’s how wrongdoing will be discouraged & victim will heal, support group maintains

A support group wants a Mid-South church organization to oust a Baptist minister who admits he didn’t call police when alleged child sex crimes were reported to him.

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TN--Predator priest passes, bishop is silent; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 17, 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)

Lexington Catholic officials are being callous and secretive about the death of a predator priest. We hope they will reverse course and tell the public about his passing. And we hope his death will prompt others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes – or crimes by other clerics- to come forward.

Fr. John B. Modica passed away a year ago. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nky/obituary.aspx?pid=176300773

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UT--Victims urge Mormon to “avoid delays” in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 17, 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 Utah judge is letting an alleged abuse victim have his day in court in a Mormon-related child sex abuse and cover up case. We are relieved and thrilled. Now, we hope church officials will now cooperate fully and quickly so the full truth can be revealed about a troubling church program which involved tens of thousands of kids over more than a half century. http://www.sltrib.com/news/4596141-155/abuse-case-against-mormon-church-to

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IN--Notre Dame wins police records lawsuit filed by ESPN, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 16, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SNAP East Bay Director (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the University of Notre Dame's campus police department is not a "public agency" under Indiana law. The decision means that the school does not have to release information about investigations requested by sports media company ESPN.

http://m.southbendtribune.com/news/publicsafety/notre-dame-wins-police-records-lawsuit-filed-by-espn/article_308355e6-f74f-524a-9d63-76e347814fde.html

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TN--Victims urge outreach by church & library in alleged abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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)

The Memphis Public library has suspended a former youth minister who is accused of molesting at least three kids. That’s not enough.

http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/sex-abuse-claims-launch-city-investigation-into-memphis-library-employee

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GA--“Punish secretive church officials,” victims group says

For immediate release, November 16, 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)

Atlanta area church officials admit they had a convicted child molester in their midst but kept this information from their flock. Now he’s hurt more kids. This is alarming. Heads must roll.

http://www.11alive.com/news/local/parents-at-georgia-churc-raise-questions-after-a-youth-ministry-volunteer-is-convicted-of-sex-crimes/351890093

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