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NJ--Victims blast decision on accused predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

Three priests have ‘cleared’ a fellow priest of sexually abusing a child. What a sham.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/church_tribunal_clears_priest_of_70s-era_sex_abuse.html

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MI--Another Detroit predator priest is “outed” for first time

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

In what may be the most terse and least compassionate church announcement of this sort we’ve ever seen, Detroit Catholic officials admit that a local priest is “credibly accused” of child sex crimes. Shame on Archbishop Allen Vigneron for his self-serving statement about Fr. Thomas J. Cain.

http://www.aod.org/our-archdiocese/newsroom/news-releases/2014/october/regarding-fr-thomas-j-cain/

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Canada--Keep convicted archbishop out of US churches, group begs

For immediate release:  Friday, November 13, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Victims want defrocked cleric supervised & kept off church payrolls

As archbishop, he was the highest ranking Orthodox cleric in Canada

But he was found guilty of abusing a young boy in his care & went to prison

He’s been demoted to “monk,” but could still be employed in local parishes

SNAP to OCA bishops: “Warn your flock about him & promise you won’t hire him”

A victims’ group is urging Orthodox officials to make sure that an ex-archbishop who was convicted of molesting a child will not ever work in a North American church again.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to the synod of bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the head of a Canadian monastery begging them to apply the denomination’s guidelines on sex offenders to Seraphim Storheim.  

SNAP believes that an accountability plan should be in place for the former archbishop both at his monastery and at any OCA parish that he visits.

http://oca.org/PDF/sexual-misconduct/2014-04-reg-sex-offender-parish-guide.pdf

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PA--Univ. of Penn should rescind Bill Cosby honor, victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

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

University of Pennsylvania officials should revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree and apologize for not doing so sooner.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/11/10/penn-revoke-bill-cosby-honorary-degree/

It’s bogus for them to claim “We haven’t ever revoked a degree before.” First, that’s not true (as Philly Magazine’s Monica Weymouth has pointed out). Second, it’s irrelevant. The university has probably never before honored a prominent entertainer who later was accused of raping, drugging and abusing dozens of women.

By refusing to take action, school officials are making it harder for current victims of campus sex crimes to report their experiences. And they’re rubbing salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of dozens of already-hurt students and alums.

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IL--Victims want college to remove Hastert honor

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2015

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

We call on board members at Northern Illinois University to follow the lead of officials at Kendall County, Oswego Village and the Yorkville Wrestling Club and remove any and all honors given to an admitted criminal, ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert.

http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/11/09/hasterts-legacy-a-black-eye/a6tyq8y/?page=1

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2015/11/03/will-dennis-hastert-keep-his-honorary-niu-doctorate/amqz8j7/

 

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WI--Victims ask WI archbishop to help re: “self-circumcised” predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

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

An ex-seminarian who reportedly tried to circumcise himself and was arrested in Wisconsin now admits he recently molested kids. We urge Milwaukee Catholic officials to publicize the abuser’s admission and aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes in Wisconsin.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/oct/26/coeur-dalene-man-jailed-on-1-million-bond-suspecte/

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CA--Victims back new anti-rape proposal

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County California, SNAP Southern California director (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

We applaud a California legislator’s move to reform the state’s predator-friendly statute of limitations in sexual violence cases.

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-lawmaker-would-end-statute-of-limitations-for-rape-20151109-story.html

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IL--Archbishop should promote new film, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For more information: Barbara Blaine,bblaine@snapnetwork.org, (312) 399-4747, Kate Bochte, keight@sbcglobal.net630-768-1860, David Clohessy, davidgclohessy@gmail.com,314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

Victims to archbishop: “Make your staff see new film”

“Stop promoting complacency, start urging vigilance,” SNAP says

A victims group says Chicago’s top Catholic official should make every parish and chancery employee go see a new film about the child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

The highly acclaimed movie, Spotlight, opens in Chicago this Friday. It’s about how newspaper reporters uncovered decades of complicity in clergy sex crimes in the Boston archdiocese.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing Archbishop Blasé Cupich about the film. Officials at the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops have also written public relations advice to every diocese about the movie.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/09/catholic-church-leaders-send-guidance-dioceses-dealing-with-spotlight-movie/Y73IyCDYII8lEd24gq3jsI/story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/09/spotlight-portrayal-of-sex-abuse-scandal-is-making-the-catholic-church-uncomfortable-all-over-again/

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TX--Victims prod DA to charge priest in unsolved murder

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790), Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP (bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003)

Fifty-five year old murder case still stalled

Texas prosecutor pledged in his campaign to reopen the file

But District Attorney has not issued an update in six months

A victim’s group is writing him, begging for “action & transparency”

“File charges now, while the suspect and witnesses are still alive,” says SNAP

Six months ago, a high profile, unsolved, decades-old murder investigation in McAllen was re-opened by a new district attorney. Now, a victims group is writing the prosecutor and urging him to disclose the status of the case and file charges against the most widely known suspect.

http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/how-a-53-year-old-murder-case-became-an-issue-in-the-hidalgo-county-district-attorney-race/

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WI--Letter to Pope Francis from deaf survivors of St. John’s School on behalf of the 575 survivors in the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy.

SNAPnetwork.org

CONTACT: Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, 414.429.7259

(SNAP Statements on the bankruptcy settlement today here and here.)

Letter to Pope Francis from deaf survivors of St. John’s School on behalf of the 575 survivors in the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy.

November 9, 2015

Dear Pope Francis,

We are writing to you as deaf survivors of childhood sexual assault by Father Lawrence Murphy who operated for decades St. John’s School for the Deaf in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  As far as we know, in the mid 1970’s we were the first victims of these crimes to publicly come forward anywhere in the world.  We did so very reluctantly and only after learning that the Milwaukee Archdiocese, with the likely knowledge and advice of Vatican officials, was continuing to cover up the crimes of Fr. Murphy and leave deaf children at risk.

    

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MO--Two sex offenders’ cases go to US Supreme Court

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

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

In most of the world, kids are even more vulnerable to predators than they are in the US. That’s why we hope the Supreme Court will uphold laws requiring convicted sex offenders to notify authorities when they move to a foreign country.

Two Kansas City men - Lester Nichols and Robert Lunsford - were convicted of sex crimes in unrelated cases and later moved - separately - to the Philippines. Neither of them updated their sex offender registrations. The question is: can or should they be required to do so?

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/11/06/scotus-to-decide-reach-of-sex-offender-registry.htm

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DE--Group applauds charges vs. church officials in sex case

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

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 Delaware’s attorney general succeeds in winning a conviction against Jehovah Witness officials who did not report suspected child sex crimes to secular agencies.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/52dc58db424b470692ef7b95a843d319/DE--Child-Abuse-Reporting-Lawsuit

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/08/05/ag-claims-seaford-congregation-report-sex-abuse/31184877/

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