IL- Lawsuit alleges negligence by church officials, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Two lawsuits against a church volunteer for child sexual abuse also claim that officials at Willow Creek Community Church were negligent. 

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MO- Catholic officials lose 2 court rulings

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Over the past two weeks, St. Louis Catholic officials have lost important court rulings in two similar but unrelated wrongful death lawsuits stemming from alleged clergy sex crimes.

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SC- Bob Jones victims should call police, group says

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are glad talks are resuming between Bob Jones University officials and GRACE, the non-profit that is looking at sex crimes at the school. 

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IL- Child molesting deacon charged, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We are grateful a serial child molesting deacon at Fairview Heights' First Baptist Church has been caught and charged. But it's disingenuous for the minister to distance himself from the offender and call the offender a member instead of a deacon.

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Poland- SNAP applauds Polish Catholic Church for creating child sex abuse procedure

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are encouraged that the Catholic Church in Poland is publishing procedures for child sex abuse. This is a good first step that many churches across the globe have already enacted. 

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MN- Victims respond to St. Paul Catholic $$$ disclosure

For immediate release Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis admits to having spent $8.8 million over the past decade on costs related to clergy misconduct.  We suspect this is misleading. We suspect the real figure is significantly higher.

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TX- Ex-pastor gets jail for “sexting” teen, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Garland, TX youth pastor was sentenced on Wednesday for sending lewd text messages and photos to a teenage girl. 

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SD- SNAP applauds new abuse task force

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

 A South Dakota senate committee approved of a new child sex abuse task force. We are glad that this first step has been taken to make South Dakota children safer and we encourage legislatures to not stop there.

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WI- Victims say bankruptcy plan is “breath-takingly selfish”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

The Milwaukee archdiocesan Chapter 11 maneuver today is breath-taking in its callousness, selfishness and arrogance. 

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IA- Youth pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse charge, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A former youth pastor from Des Moines has entered a guilty plea under charges that he sexually molested 2 teenage girls. Now, officials at Heritage Assembly of God church must mount a serious outreach effort to find others he may have hurt.

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OH- Judge puts predator in prison

For immediate release Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Priest who worked in Ohio goes to prison for abuse

Over nearly half century, he was transferred 30 times

Group urges Catholic officials in ten dioceses to “reach out to other victims”

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SC- Victims blast Bob Jones University for decision

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Christian university has fired a group it hired to investigate campus sexual abuse reports. 

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