Media Statements

Rome- Pope protects archbishop from police

For immediate release: Sunday, Aug. 24, 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)

Our hearts ache for the Dominican boys who were manipulated and assaulted by a Polish archbishop who is being protected from prosecution by Vatican officials.

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NY- Orthodox chancellor posts on clergy sexual misconduct policy, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014

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

The chancellor of a New York based Eastern Orthodox Church published an entry in his online journal yesterday concerning the group’s sexual misconduct policy. 

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MS- Teacher admits sexually abusing students, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 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 Mississippi teacher has admitted to police that he sexually abused students for 20 years. We are grateful to the two brave victims who reported to law enforcement and hope more victims will feel empowered to come forward.

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NM- Archdiocese faces new sex abuse lawsuits, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 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)

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is facing four more child sexual abuse lawsuits. We are glad more and more victims are finding the courage to speak up and demand justice and accountability.

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AUSTRALIA- Cardinal Pell hiding details of crimes

For immediate release Thursday August 21, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)

Survivors in the audience gasped in horror last night when Cardinal George Pell rejected as unreasonable the Australian Royal Commission's request that the Vatican produce child sex abuse files. Pell claimed the files contained the internal workings of a sovereign state.

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AUSTRALIA- Pell proves Vatican incapable of putting kids first

For immediate release Thursday August 21, 2014

Statement by Nicky Davis, Australian SNAP Leader, +011 61 422 538 440, nicky@nickydavis.com.au

Cardinal Pell is hiding details of crimes committed on Australia soil against Australian children behind specious claims to be a sovereign state. But if that is the case, why is the Australian government funding this foreign power?

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AL- Former youth minister arrested for child sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 21, 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 former youth minister from Alabama has been charged with several counts of child sexual abuse.

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NC- Admitted child molesting priest dies, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 21, 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 North Carolina priest, who has been accused of child sexual abuse and admitted it, has died. Our condolences to the priest’s family, but we hope Catholic officials do not bury him with priestly honors.

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Malta- Predator priest banned from contact with minors, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 21, 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 priest from Malta has been banned from being in contact with minors until his court proceedings have been concluded. We are glad this alleged predator is banned from being in contact with minors and hope it is vigilantly enforced.

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MN- SNAP applauds victim for speaking out for the first time

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)

We applaud the brave victim and his mother, who spoke out publically for the first time today. It takes great courage for victims to speak up about their abuse. 

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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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