Media Statements

PA--Victims comment in advance of Cosby ruling today

For Immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Statement by Karen Polesir, of Ambler, SNAP Philadelphia leader (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

If Cosby wins today, the blame lies squarely on Bruce Castor and Pennsylvania’s predator-friendly statutes of limitations that incentivizes covering up sex crimes. If Cosby wins, we hope there’s an appeal and we hope that this ruling will prod other rape victims to come forward

http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/news&id=367331441

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AR--Arkansas Catholic officials must do outreach in abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Statement by Bill Lindsey of Little Rock, Arkansas director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (501-993-7933wdlindsy@swbell.net)

Arkansas Catholic officials should aggressively seek out anyone who might have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by a Catholic teacher.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/feb/02/substitute-teacher/?f=news-arkansas


http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/substitute-teacher-at-catholic-high-accused-of-sex-with-student

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NE--Survivors: you should not reward a proven wrongdoer like Finn

For immediate release, February 1, 2016

January 27, 2016

Dear Bishop Conley:

We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our goal is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Recently, we learned that you have invited Bishop Robert Finn into your diocese and are letting him minister to nuns at Lincoln's School Sisters of Christ the King convent. 

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PA--Victims comment on tomorrow’s Cosby hearing

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

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

We hope Bill Cosby loses tomorrow in court. And we hope that more people will understand that civil lawsuits can help with criminal prosecution, no matter what happens in this particular case.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/02/01/whats-going-happen-first-bill-cosby-criminal-hearing/79526974/

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HI--Catholic Church settles 30 of 40 priest sex abuse lawsuits, Victims respond

For immediate release, February 1, 2016
Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director, 949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31095979/exclusive-catholic-church-settles-30-of-40-priest-sex-abuse-lawsuits

We are proud of the brave men and women who came forward to expose their abuse and hold the Diocese of Honolulu accountable. In the next few weeks—when previously secret documents are made public and we learn more about the scope and scale of the crimes—these survivors will also receive the justice and vindication they deserve. 
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OH--Steubenville Catholic seminarian arrested on child sex charge

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

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

A Catholic seminarian studying to be a Steubenville priest has been arrested in San Diego on child sex charges.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/29/ex-seminarian-charged-with-planning-to-rape-infant-in-mexico.html

 

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VT--Catholic seminarian arrested on child sex charge

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

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

A Catholic seminarian from Vermont has been arrested in San Diego on child sex charges.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/29/ex-seminarian-charged-with-planning-to-rape-infant-in-mexico.html

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FL--Florida Whistleblower is Harrassed by Church Officials

For immediate release: Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,SNAPJudy@gmail.com

It's heartbreaking and infuriating that Catholic officials are retaliating against a whistleblower priest who acted exactly as he should by calling police on an admitted predator.

Our hearts go out to Father John Gallagher. Shame on Bishop Gerald Barbarito.

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/ive-been-frozen-out-by-the-church-for-warning-police-about-paedophile-34392990.html

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ND--Victims blast bishops for “dangerous secrecy” re predators

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Catholic bishops in Bismarck and Fargo are refusing to disclose names of predator priests. Shame on them. Their self-serving secrecy leaves kids in harm’s way and parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners and the public in the dark.

http://www.inforum.com/news/3931507-lists-accused-nd-priests-still-under-wraps

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GA--FACT SHEET ON HIDDEN GEORGIA PREDATOR PRIESTS

FACT SHEET ON HIDDEN GEORGIA PREDATOR PRIESTS 

According to legal records, church documents and mainstream news accounts (mostly from outside Georgia) and other sources, these proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics have worked in Georgia but attracted little or no public attention in the state.

Because we want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth, we want Georgia Catholic officials to permanently post on church websites the names of all predator priests who have worked or lived – or now work or live – in the Savannah diocese and Atlanta archdiocese. (More on this at the end of this fact sheet.)

Information (and sometimes photos) of these men are available at BishopAccountability.org

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PA--Some charges dropped vs. Penn State staff; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

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

We encourage prosecutors to seek reconsideration of today’s ruling in the Penn State case to the full Superior Court or appeal it to the state Supreme Court. We’re grateful that some charges against Penn State officials are still pending.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charges-penn-state-administrators-thrown-36451776

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NY--Prison chaplain removed for abuse allegations

For immediate release Thursday January 21, 2016

Statement by Megan Peterson, SNAP leader, survivor19@live.com218-684-0073

Our hearts go out to anyone who was molested by a cleric. If kids are to be safer, we as a society must welcome and support abuse reports no matter when they are made.

In our experience, often sexually troubled clerics are assigned to “special ministries” like prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals. We strongly suspect this isn’t the first allegation against this priest. We hope we’re wrong but bet we are not.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pastor-removed-after-decades-old-sex-abuse-allegations-surface/ 

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