NY- Syracuse priest arrested on child porn charges

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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)

We are grateful that Fr. Robert Ours has been arrested on child porn charges. Now, we hope his superiors in the Syracuse Catholic diocese aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Ours' crimes and urge them to contact police and prosecutors immediately. 

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A new UN report on Catholic sex crisis issued Friday

For immediate release Thursday May 21, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org, +1 312-455-1499 (office), +1 312-399-4747 (cell)

On Friday, a second United Nations panel will release a new report that looks at Catholic officials’ handling of rape and sexual violence by clergy. This time, the UN Committee Against Torture will issue its findings as to whether Catholic officials are violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

But it has now been 12 weeks since another United Nations panel released a lengthy report about the church's on-going clergy sexual violence and cover up crisis. That panel made 22 recommendations on how Vatican officials can better implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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MN- Priest charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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) 

We applaud Hastings-area law enforcement for thoroughly investigating Fr. Francis Hoefgen, as well as the sex abuse and cover-up documents in his secret personnel file. Were it not for Fr. Hoefgen's brave victims, the public may have never learned the extent of the cleric's crimes. In fact, he would probably still be working with vulnerable children.

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TN- Child sex case filed vs. Baptist Church

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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 First Baptist church of Bemis, near Jackson TN, is being sued for child sex crimes committed by one of its members (who is a convicted sex offender and who was arrested last year for stalking adults).

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FL- Victims praise pastor who blasts church over child sex abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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)

We are deeply grateful to a Florida pastor who is publicly criticizing a church group for mishandling a child sexual abuse scandal. When those within the church speak out for victims and accountability, real change is made easier. 

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TX- Church youth volunteer arrested for soliciting a girl

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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)

A Victoria man, who was a volunteer at a church youth program, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a girl online. We are grateful this predator has been arrested and to the brave mother who alerted police.

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NY- Victims praise law enforcement for big child porn bust

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

Statement by Mary Caplan of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

There are two crucial lessons to learn from today's huge child porn bust in New York City.

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MA- Rabbi allegedly used funds to hide affair with teen, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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 Massachusetts rabbi is being investigated for allegedly using funds from congregants to keep his affair with a teenage boy secret. We are deeply disturbed by this news. 

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PA- Victims blast church delays in abuse talks

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

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) 

Shame on church officials for dragging their feet with these negotiations. There's simply no reason it must take this long to resolve credible child sex abuse cases.

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IL- Chicago university insists on hiring sexual harasser

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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 Chicago Catholic university is confirming today that it still is hiring the most recent U.S. ambassador to the Vatican despite allegations that he “likely” recently sexually harassed a married couple. This is a stunningly reckless move.

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Rome- Pope moves backwards on abuse

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 2014

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)

In yet another sign that the Vatican is moving backwards on clergy sex crimes and cover ups, Pope Francis is setting up yet another church abuse panel – this one to help hear appeals of accused child molesting clerics.

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CA- Contra Costa officials want review of child abuse reporting law, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 2014

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) 

Contra Costa officials, including the DA and the police chief, want a review of the child abuse reporting law and a possible changing of the law. We are grateful officials not only want a review of this law, but are speaking out publically about it. 

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