Media Statements and Events

TX--Diocese of Ft. Worth hides documents--SNAP asks why?

For immediate release Thursday, January 11, 2018

Statement by Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003,

We applaud the courage and the wisdom of this brave survivor. He came forward and reported these horrific crimes and had the wisdom to work with the civil justice system. We hope he will inspire others to come forward, despite the actions of the Diocese of Fort Worth.  

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IL --Catholic priest charged with child porn; survivors group grieves for the victims

For immediate release Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (

A Catholic priest in Mascoutah, Illinois, Gerald R. Hechenberger, was charged yesterday with dissemination of child pornography. The clergyman worked at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah, as well as St. Pancratius in Fayetteville and St. Liborius in St. Libory. These are all Illinois parishes in the Diocese of Belleville

Child pornography is not a victimless crime. As members of the survivors group SNAP, we grieve deeply for the very real children who were hurt to produce these images.


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