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Settlement of another lawsuit against defrocked priest McCormack: $2.3 million; Victims responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322- 7434,

This most recent lawsuit against Father McCormack is very disturbing and shows the influence that predators have in the areas where they live and work. The 12-year-old child and alleged victim in this case was not a member of the parish where Daniel McCormack worked.

In addition, this victim was abused for the second time after McCormack had been arrested for abuse. However, the priest was allowed back into the parish and had not been placed on any restriction of ministry or put in a secure facility away from children, according to the suit. He was free to continue to prey on children in the parish and neighborhood.  

We hope anyone who has suffered abuse will come forward and begin healing. We encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact local law enforcement.  

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Elite private school allowed sex abuse for decades, grand jury finds, victims response

For immediate release, February 2, 2017 

Statement by Joelle Casteix, bestselling author and SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949),
The 50-year systemic cover-up of sexual abuse at Solebury School is tragic, but not unique. Institutions like private schools, public schools, universities like Penn State, and churches—if they are able—will always protect themselves before they will expose a sex abuse scandal that could tarnish their reputation.
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