Media Statements

CA- Priest accused of abuse moved to undisclosed location, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 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 California priest has been removed from his position following allegations of sexual abuse with at least one teenager. We are grateful to the brave individual who spoke up and reported to law enforcement. Children are safer when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers speak up and report crimes.

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FL- Clergy sex abuse victims urge action from bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 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 Venice Catholic official gave a clergy sex abuse victim a damning document about a predator priest, a document which has now been made public. It clearly shows that the victim told the truth and the priest told lies. 

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MO- Victims challenge Presbyterian officials

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims challenge Presbyterian officials

They sent six lawyers in convicted sex offender case

After a child porn conviction, they still hired him as pastor

He is now serving 30 years for child porn & illegal castration

Stop "cruel and intimidating" legal maneuvers, group says

They beg church officials to reach out to victims in churches & Scouts

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is criticizing a Jefferson City-based Protestant organization for bringing six lawyers to a court hearing yesterday in Fulton to defend it in an abuse case involving a convicted and incarcerated offender. 

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OH- Alleged sex offender priest challenges law; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

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

A Cleveland Catholic priest is challenging an Ohio law that requires HIV positive adults to disclose their condition to sexual partners.

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TX- Victims blast Ft. Worth church in abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

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

Members of a Ft. Worth area church cheered as a minister made callous and intimidating comments in a child sex case involving a twice-accused colleague.

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PA- Victims condemn Pittsburgh bishop for “11 yrs of secrecy”

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 18, 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)

For 11 years, Pittsburgh Catholic officials hid the fact that Fr. James P. Carroll is a credibly accused child molester. Yesterday, they finally “came clean” about his crimes. But Pittsburgh church staff said nothing about their callous cover up.

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OH- Therapist hired by diocese loses license

For immediate release: Monday, August 18, 2014

For more info: Judy Jones (636) 433-2511,
SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com


Therapist hired by diocese loses license

He counseled several clergy sex abuse victims

And he was used to evaluate prospective clerics

Board found “{he} acted inappropriately with a client”


SNAP says his recommendations are now “questionable”

Group wants bishop to let victims choose their own therapist

A psychologist who worked for the Youngstown diocese in two roles has lost his license for having an inappropriate and non-professional relationship with an adult client.

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Canada- Catholic official pleads guilty to child sex crimes

For Immediate Release: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis MO 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Brenda Brunelle of Windsor, Canada 519 800 3492,windsor@SNAPnetwork.org 

Victims urge Catholic group to do outreach 

Its former official faces sentencing in sex case 

Ottawa man was former head of Catholic youth group

He just pleaded guilty in 1984 child sexual assault case 

In 2002, a civil case against him & Knights of Columbus was settled 

Group says Knights should prod others who were hurt to “come forward, get help, and call police” 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging a Catholic men’s organization to help find others who may have been sexually assaulted by an Ottawa man who pleaded guilty last week to child sex crimes.

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MO- SNAP applauds brave KC victims on historic win

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 15, 2015
 
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)
 
We applaud the 42 brave and determined men and women who were assaulted as kids by Kansas City priests. And joined the unusual “breach of contract” lawsuit against KC Catholic officials. Their ground-breaking effort has inspired child sex abuse victims across the country and have shown that civil lawsuits can bring reform, prevention, healing and justice in unexpected ways.
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NJ- Camp counselor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 2014

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

A New Jersey teenaged camp counselor has been arrested for inappropriately touching several young boys under his supervision. We applaud the brave witness who came forward and reported to police. When those who see, suspect, or suffer child sex crimes speak up children are safer.

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Ireland- Victims urge vigilance regarding Brady's resignation

For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 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)

Whether the Vatican accepts Cardinal Sean Brady's resignation sooner or later, we caution Irish citizens and Catholics to not become complacent about the safety of kids.

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MO- 2nd judge upholds “first-ever” breach award of $1.1 million to victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

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

A judge has ruled against Bishop Robert Finn and for 42 victims of clergy sex crimes in an unprecedented “breach of contract” case, the only one like it in the country.

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