Media Statements and Events

MD – Survivors’ group reacts to arrest of three church leaders for sexual abuse

For immediate release, May 24, 2018

Statement by Becky Ianni, Volunteer SNAP Leader for Washington, DC, 703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net

The head pastor of Oxon Hill Assembly of Jesus Christ, Joshua Wright, his son and church minister William Wright, and Joshua Wright’s son-in-law and church member Donald Jackson have been charged with sexually abusing four teenage girls over a decade ago.  Jackson is also a United States Capitol Police Officer.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/maryland-police-charged-three-church-leaders-abusing-teen-girls_us_5b05bfcfe4b07c4ea10470ce

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Australia – Archbishop found guilty of concealing child sex abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release, May 22, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820

We are extremely grateful that Archbishop Philip Wilson has been convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, and we commend the brave survivor, Peter Creigh, whose testimony made this conviction possible.

https://amp.smh.com.au/national/nsw/archbishop-philip-wilson-found-guilty-of-concealing-child-sex-abuse-20180522-p4zgpc.html

The relief, vindication and healing this verdict gives clergy sex abuse victims is long overdue. A conviction sends the strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predators is a heinous crime that threatens children, families, and communities. The verdict also provides a measure of justice for every child who was hurt in the archdiocese.

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