Media Statements

MI--Victims push archbishop to help with today’s abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 25

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

A Detroit Jesuit priest may plead guilty today to “secretly recording” teenagers in a locker room. Sadly, he has already pled guilty to sexually assaulting a child in Colorado. The question now is: What will Detroit’s archbishop do to find and help others he may have hurt?

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Priest-Likely-to-Plead-Guilty-294000211.html  

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ME--Victims blast Maine bishops’ secrecy

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 25

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

Maine parishioners deserve more details than they’re getting from their bishop about a priest who reportedly committed a “boundary violation.”

http://portlanddiocese.net/content/pastor-our-lady-snows-and-st-agnes-pittsfield-parishes-steps-down   

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IL- Victims ask archbishop to help in new child porn case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 25 2015

Statement by Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

 

A suburban Chicago priest is charged with child pornography. Wouldn’t it be refreshing and reassuring to see Chicago’s archbishop take steps to help police and prosecutors in this case?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-child-porn-charges-filed-against-catholic-priest-from-arlington-heights-20150225-story.html

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OH--Bishop still refuses to talk about defrocked predator

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 24

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

By his continuing, reckless and selfish secrecy, Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton is helping a defrocked priest and accused serial child predator gain access to more innocent kids and vulnerable adults.

See: http://www.wtov9.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wtov_news9-special-assignment-gary-zalenski-fight-his-faith-7734.shtml   

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CA--Victims praise 6 women suing LA yoga instructor

For immediate release: Monday Feb. 23

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 the six brave women who are suing Bikram Choudhury and his yoga business for sexual assaults. We find the defenses used by Choudhury’s lawyers to be weak, legalistic and hurtful. And we beg others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Choudhury to come forward, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/us/cracks-show-in-bikram-yoga-empire-amid-claims-of-rape-and-assault.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news    

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IL--Victims urge IL AG to act on new sex crimes investigation

For immediate release: Monday Feb. 23

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

A small minority of sex crimes in 32 southern Illinois counties are ever prosecuted, according to a lengthy, thorough and shocking report by the Belleville News-Democrat. These alarming results should prompt Governor Bruce Rauner to fund and launch an investigation into such sex crimes across the state and recommend remedies to this dangerous injustice.

http://www.bnd.com/static/media/VOT/index.html   

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AK--Orthodox priest put on leave; victims’ group wants more from Church

For immediate release: Monday, February 23, 2015

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

An Orthodox priest who has been accused of the physical, mental, and spiritual abuse of students at a school in Kodiak has been placed on a leave of absence.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/   

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MO--SNAP: “For once, archbishop, do a bit more”

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 21

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

On Monday, Gary P. Wolken, a serial child predator and defrocked Catholic priest, will walk free from a prison in Bonne Terre Missouri. In his 40s, he’s charismatic, charming, well-educated and well-spoken, so he’ll have plenty of chances to molest again.   

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CA--Victims urge Cosby fans to donate to rape prevention

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 22

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay SNAP Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie@pokrov.org, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The cancellation of Bill Cosby’s June event in Santa Rosa can lead to something good. We urge every single person who bought a ticket to donate the cost to groups that help prevent rape.

http://blog.sfgate.com/loaded/2015/02/20/cosby/   

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AK--SNAP urges Orthodox victim to avoid church investigator

For immediate release: Thursday, February 19, 2015

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


Allegations of abuse at an Orthodox school in Kodiak are finally being investigated by church officials. However, a victims’ group is concerned that the untrained investigator looking into these charges will re-traumatize survivors.   

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AL--Accusations against priest kept secret

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 19

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)

Alabama’s highest ranking Catholic official is breaking the national church abuse policy and breaking the trust of parents, parishioners and the public by recklessly, callously and secretly mishandling child sex charges against one of his priests.

http://lagniappemobile.com/archdiocese-attempting-stop-subpoenas-related-alleged-sexual-misconduct/   

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IL--Sex abuse victims blast IL university over predator

For immediate release: Thursday, 2/19

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Sex abuse victims blast IL university

College let controversial priest speak

Cleric resigned from St. Louis Police Board

He allegedly sexually harassed three officers

And he offered to watch child porn with one

Group wants school president to apologize & explain

“Those responsible should be disciplined,” SNAP says

A victims’ support group wants officials at an Illinois college to explain and apologize for their decision to let a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually harassing at least three police officers speak last month on campus. Those responsible should be disciplined, the organization says.  

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