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OH- Televangelist allegedly ignored sexual abuse

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

An Ohio televangelist church leader allegedly hid multiple allegations of abuse and sexually abused parishioners and associates himself. We are grateful to the brave victims, witnesses, whistleblowers and journalists who have brought these horrendous accusations and deeds to light.

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AL- “Oust predatory Alabama Shiloh Baptist preacher now,” SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 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)

It's an outrage that a minister who admits having sexually exploited congregants while infected with AIDS is still preaching at his church. 

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UK- Victims sue church over child sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Two victims of a now jailed Jehovah’s Witness elder are suing the church for failing to protect them from sexual abuse. We applaud the bravery of these two women and hope their courage inspires others to step forward.

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MN- Victims group comments on Twin Cities settlement

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 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) 

Evidently, John Doe 1 has settled his civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese and the Winona diocese.

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AL- Baptist preacher sexually exploits flock

For immediate release: Thursday, October 9, 2014

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

An Alabama Baptist minister admits he misused church funds, took illicit drugs and seduced multiple female congregants while having AIDS. The real issue here, however, is clergy sexual misconduct. When a minister has any sexual contact with members of his flock, it’s wrong and hurtful and, in 17 states, illegal.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/alabama-pastor-confesses-ive-been-having-sex-with-church-members-and-i-have-aids/

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MN- Rochester priest should be suspended

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

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

A Rochester Catholic priest who hid clergy child sex crimes in Winona should be suspended.

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Rome- Victims hope Francis doesn't win Nobel Prize

For immediate release: Thursday, October 9, 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 )

Some will be offended by our saying this, but we hope the esteemed Nobel committee does not award the Nobel Peace Prize to Pope Francis.

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VA- Minister guilty of abuse should be locked up for long time

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirgania@cox.net)

We urge a Virginia judge to give the maximum sentence to a minister who was just found guilty of child sex crimes. Kids are safest when child molesters are imprisoned. It’s not about punishment, it’s about prevention. It’s not about vengeance, it’s about prudence.

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NY- Victims blast judge over sentence for predatory priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

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

We are shocked that a New York judge is giving a dreadfully light sentence to a Catholic priest who pled guilty of child sex crimes. Kids are safest when child molesters are imprisoned. It’s not about punishment, it’s about prevention.

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SD- Victims urge church officials to help with new abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

A former Lutheran minister in South Dakota is facing criminal charges of molesting a girl. Now, Lutheran officials have a duty to help police and prosecutors with this case and aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the clergyman.

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NJ- Priest abuse trial starts; Victims urge others to speak up

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those abused by Priests  (732 632 7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A Catholic priest is facing criminal charges of molesting a New Jersey mom and her kids. We applaud this brave woman for cooperating with police and prosecutors. And we applaud law enforcement officials for investigating and pursuing this case.

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MN- Victims call on University to release full report

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

St. Thomas University officials claim they’re blameless in the case of Fr. Michael Keating. No one should believe them until they release the full report of their so-called “investigation.” Even then, people should be skeptical.

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