Media Statements

AK--New church contact in probe of Kodiak school; victims’ group urges survivors to go to the police instead

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 3, 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)

A new contact person has been designated in the church probe of an Orthodox priest on leave from a school in Kodiak. The clergyman has been accused of abusing current and former students physically, psychologically and spiritually.

    

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IL--Did 6 Chicago predator priests go to Springfield?

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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)

Six Chicago predator priests, who were ousted from local parishes in the 1990s, may have spent time in the Springfield are, we have learned.

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150304/NEWS/150309637  

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WI--For victims, Milwaukee Archdiocesan bankruptcy going from bad to worse

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Four years ago Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki petitioned the federal bankruptcy court for chapter 11, promising that court ordering sexual abuse cases into bankruptcy was necessary to bring “healing” and “resolution” to victims of pedophile clergy.  That took cases out of state court and put them into bankruptcy court, where they decide if creditors should get paid their business debts or private companies reorganize themselves.     

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PA--No Bail for Philly cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Under no circumstances, we believe, should Father Mark Haynes be set free, no matter what restrictions the court may impose. Like most predator priests, he is well educated, well spoken, charming, and cunning. He should be given no more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence or even flee the country.  

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TX--Bishop accused of illegal taping of victim’s mom

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

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 startling new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit charges that Ft. Worth Catholic Bishop Michael F. Olsen:

-- illegally tape recorded a child sex abuse victim’s mom without her knowledge,

-- also tape recorded a “trusting” and deeply wounded victim too,

-- “betrayed,” “re-victimized” and “tried to silence” him until his statute of limitations expired,   

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MT--Victims blast Helena Catholic officials re bankruptcy

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

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)

These more than 500 brave victims and their dedicated attorneys have done the very best with an awful situation brought on by the Catholic hierarchy’s immense clout, expensive lawyering and obsessive secrecy. We hope the new settlement brings them sorely-needed healing.

http://www.ktvq.com/story/28242171/judge-set-to-approve-settlements-in-montana-church-abuse-cases  

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NJ--Victims beg more victims of predator/exorcist to speak up

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

We’re grateful that an already-convicted North Bergen pastor/exorcist now faces new charges.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/03/north_bergen_sex_offender_pastor_exorcist_facing_m.html   

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MI--Victims back new child safety proposal

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Bill McAlary of Grand Rapids, Michigan Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com)

A new bill has been introduced into the Michigan legislature that will protect more kids from child molesters by reforming the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. We wholeheartedly endorse this long-overdue measure that will make families safer from predators.  

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CA -- Promotion of San Francisco Bishop raises concern

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope that journalists and Catholics in San Diego ask incoming Bishop Robert McElroy specific questions about his actions and inactions in recent San Francisco predator priest situations.

We’re disturbed by his track record on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

 

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CA -- Victims blast SF Catholic officials re Archbishop Riordan charges

For immediate release: Tuesday March 3, 2015

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

We’re alarmed and saddened by allegations that a Catholic principal is acting inappropriately and that San Francisco Catholic officials refuse to talk about these serious accusations. And we applaud the teachers who have spoken up and are speaking up.

http://abc7news.com/education/i-team-investigates-sexually-explicit-photo-video-scandal-at-prep-school/506641/

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UT--Victims praise Utah lawmakers on statute of limitations

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

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)

We applaud Utah legislators who have passed a bill that will protect more kids from child molesters by reforming the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. We wholeheartedly endorse this long-overdue measure that will make families safer from predators. And we hope the Utah senate passes it quickly.

http://fox13now.com/2015/03/02/house-passes-bill-that-eliminates-statute-of-limitations-for-child-sex-abuse/  

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NC--Victims blast Duke U over rape allegations vs. basketball player

For immediate release: Monday, March 2

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)

An independent investigation must be launched into allegations that Duke University officials kept silent about rape allegations against basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon.

http://pantherlair.sportsblog.com/posts/1903568/did_coach_k_know_about_the_sexual_assault_claims_.html  

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