Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

Chilean Survivor on resignations of bishops: "Let Them Pack Their Suitcases"

For immediate release, May 20, 2018
 
Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)
 
Chilean survivor Juan Carlos Cruz responds to the recent resignations of all the bishops of Chile: “Let them pack their suitcases.”
 
The courage demonstrated by Juan Carlos and other survivors of horrific sexual abuse in Chile has propelled a movement for reform.
 

SNAP responds: Pope Francis words to Chilean Bishops

For immediate release, May 18, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP "Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests", 636-433-2511,SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Pope Francis has responded to the brave clergy abuse victims of Chile. His harsh words to the Chilean Bishops are resonating loudly with other clergy abuse victims throughout the world. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-chile-bishops-abuse-scandal-1.4668537

This behavior by bishops is not only a happening in Chile. The Catholic church hierarchy in all the dioceses throughout the world follow the same ego centered and callous behavior of enabling and covering up sex crimes against children. We are not aware of one single bishop who has lost his title, lost his job or been publicly denounced for protecting and shielding predators. Even Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City who was criminally convicted of child endangerment did not lose his job.

 


PA--SNAP responds Erie Priest being charge for child abuse.

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 8th

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, hm: 636-433-2511, cell: 314-974-5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Thanks to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for taking action to expose the truth and protect kids today.  

Priest accused of abusing 2 boys, making 1 confess afterward
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/priest-accused-of-abusing-2-boys-making-1-confess-afterward/2018/05/08/68a201a6-52d4-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html?utm_term=.21bb97de5db2

The survivors of the SNAP network are thankful for the PA Grand Jury investigation of the Erie Diocese.


PA -- Two Franciscan friars enter pleas, victims' group responds

For immediate release Friday, May 5, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP  Volunteer Midwest Leader (snapjudy@gmail.com, 636-433-2511, cell 314-974-5003) 

As a fifteen year advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse I fully support Attorney General Josh Shapiro's statement in regard to no tolerance for enabling and covering up child sex abuse.

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/ag-shapiro-two-altoona-franciscan-friars-plead-to-endangering-the-welfare-of-children/

Even though these criminals will not spend any time in jail, I hope that the pleas by these Friars will show the necessity for laws to be changed to better protect kids today. PA statutes of limitations for child sex crimes need to be eliminated.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org) 

Contact  -   Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, cell 314-974-5003, snapjudy@gmail.com), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, snapvirginia@cox.net)


Australia -- Case against Cardinal Pell will go to trial, SNAP responds

For immediate release Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820

We are very grateful that the Australian magistrate has decided that there is enough evidence for Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on multiple counts of historical sexual abuse.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/30/asia/cardinal-george-pell-trial-may-intl/index.html

While we do not know whether or not the charges against the cardinal are true, we do know that research shows that false allegations are extremely rare.

 


NY – Two Buffalo area priests suspended, victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon of Tucson, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors, 415-312-5820,tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org

This past weekend two priests in the Diocese of Buffalo were suspended from ministry. Fathers Samuel J. Venne and Arthur S. Smith were put on leave while allegations of childhood sexual abuse against them are investigated by the Church.

http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/23/two-priests-suspended-amid-probe-of-abuse-allegations/


OH-- SNAP responds: Pittsburgh Deacon arrested for child porn worked in Steubenville diocese.

For immediate release: Monday, April 23, 2018

On April 10th, Deacon Rosendo "Ross" F. Dacal, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, was arrested on charges he sent sexually explicit messages and photos to a police officer posing online as a teenage boy. 

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/04/11/pittsburgh-catholic-diocese-deacon-child-pornograph-arrest/
Recently SNAP learned that Mr. Dacal also worked in the Steubenville diocese. He taught Spanish at Catholic Central High School from 1969-74. 

https://content.parishesonline.com/uploads/listing/1c/38/1c38d62efc25ee726913b7c9af5b810ce2b8a4ba/publications/source/Register%20April%2020.pdf
(See page 5, " Pittsburgh’s bishop pledges full cooperation in arrest of permanent deacon") 

OH-WV--SNAP responds: Steubenville & Wheeling-Charleston Diocese do not release names of accused priests

For immediate release: Monday, April 23, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

We are always grateful when a diocese releases the names of accused priests. But the Steubenville Diocese and the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese say they have no intention of releasing the names of their priests who are credibly accused of child sex abuse. 

http://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/local-news/2018/04/dioceses-wont-name-sex-offenders/ 


AZ -- Sex Abuse victims/advocates want church to act

For immediate release Sunday, April 22, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon of Tucson, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)

The founder of a large nondenominational church in Arizona admitted to having sex with girls in his charge when he was a married youth pastor at a Baptist Church in California. The victims came forward following a February news report about another youth pastor at the same Modesto parish who had been accused of sexually abusing a minor.

http://www.modbee.com/news/article209378504.html


SNAP responds to Catholic Deacon charged with child pornography

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal of city, Pennsylvania has been accused of possessing child pornography.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/04/11/pittsburgh-catholic-diocese-deacon-child-pornograph-arrest/

While we have no first hand information on the charges against Deacon Rosendo F. Dacal, viewing, possessing, distributing, and/or creating child pornography is a serious crime for good reason. Real children are being sexually abused in the images, and these innocent victims are likely to experience lifelong pain and suffering as a result. Moreover, it is not uncommon for those who possess child pornography to also sexually abuse children.


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