Media Statements

MO- Minister who headed state board goes on trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 child sex abuse and cover up trial started yesterday against a Kansas City pastor who is the former head of the State Board of Education.

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MI- Victims urge harsh sentence in radio host child porn case

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 former Michigan Christian radio host is set to plead guilty to making and possessing child pornography. We hope he gets the toughest sentence possible.

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PA- Youth minister in jail for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 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 Pennsylvania youth minister has been arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and has admitted abusing her for several months. We are grateful to the witnesses who came forward with their suspicions and urge anyone else with information to come forward to police.

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OH- Man seeks to profit from brutal murder of nun

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com)

A Toledo man is trying to profit from the brutal slaying of a nun by selling paraphernalia related to the convicted murderer, a Toledo priest who has also been accused of molesting a child.

Shame on him. Shame on anyone who bids on or buys this material.

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CA- Victims challenge CA predator priest & 3 archbishops

For immediate release Monday July 28, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims challenge priest & 4 Catholic officials

Alleged predator claims he's been "exonerated"

SNAP to accused cleric: "Disclose your personnel file" 

And group wants archbishops to release all files on suspended molester

Clergy sex abuse victims are challenging a twice-accused and twice-suspended California Catholic predator priest to produce copies of records that he says show the child sex abuse allegations against him are unfounded. And they want three archbishops and the cleric's direct supervisor to release the cleric's personnel files.

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TX- Church to hold rally for admitted molester

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

Supporters of a convicted child sexual predator are holding a rally today to support him. We hope they will change their minds and cancel the event. We also urge officials at a Leander church to cancel a similar event set for Aug. 10.

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INTL- Priest with abuse allegations may have been suspended

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 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 controversial Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting boys in the US and had been second-in-command of a diocese in Paraguay has now allegedly been removed from ministry. If this is true, we are glad that this action has been taken but it should have happened months ago and he should never have been put back on the job, much less won a promotion.

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PA- Victims want US Catholics to "grill" Pope in Philly

Victims want US Catholics to "grill" Pope in Philly

For immediate release: Friday, July 25, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)  

It's now confirmed: Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia - and maybe other North American cities - next year.

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AL- Victim files lawsuit against church where predator worked

For immediate release: Friday, July 25, 2014

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

A victim of a former children’s minister from Alabama, who pleaded guilty to child sex crimes, is now suing his perpetrator and the church. We applaud this man’s bravery for working to hold not just the perpetrator, but also those who should have been supervising, responsible. 

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CA- Will SF let twice-accused LA/Guam priest work?

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, sflennon@gmail.com)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese evidently believes that Fr. John Wadeson is a credibly accused child molester. A decade ago, they listed him as an “accused” priest. We see no evidence that they've changed their minds or are even reconsidering.

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MO- Notorious predator priest's sentence upheld, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 2014 

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com)

We are glad that a former Catholic priest has lost his bid to have his sentence overturned.

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MO- Victims want Presbyterians to do "outreach"

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 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)


In a heart-breaking new lawsuit, a Presbyterian minister is suing the Presbyterian church because of child sex crimes by another Presbyterian minister and cover ups by Presbyterian officials.

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