Media Statements

IL--Chicago’s Cardinal lets another wrongdoing cleric just move elsewhere

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org) 

For the second time in five months, top Chicago Catholic officials are letting a priest who engaged in sexual misconduct move down the road to even more vulnerable and unsuspecting families where he’s apt to hurt others. It’s a continuation of the callous and irresponsible pattern of moving predators that Catholic staffers have engaged in for centuries.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-archdiocese-marco-mercado-406378595.html?akmobile=o&nms=y

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RI--Predator priest-defrocked by Harrisburg bishop in court today; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A child molesting Episcopalian priest who worked near Altoona and was defrocked weeks ago by Harrisburg’s bishop is in court today. 

http://www.diocesecpa.org/news/bishop-deposes-priest-named-new-england-prep-school-sex-abuse-case

We applaud the brave victims and law enforcement officials who are prosecuting him. They are reminding all of us of an important lesson – even older child sex crimes and cover ups must be reported to police and prosecutors. And we beg church officials in Pennsylvania and three other states to do aggressive outreach to find and help others who were assaulted by this cleric.

All too often, we all assume “it’s just too late” to pursue those who commit or conceal sexual violence. Increasingly, that’s just not true. Even in decades-old cases, more lawyers, cops and prosecutors are being increasingly creative and aggressive about going after these predators and enablers, a long-overdue move we deeply appreciate.

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PA--Victims attack Cosby's "increasingly desperate" tactics

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Bill Cosby’s intensifying his threatening tactics to scare victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent. We hope it backfires.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/12/bill_cosby_hearing_13_accusers_1.html

Today’s courtroom antics by Cosby’s lawyers - the allegedly accidental mentioning of accusers’ names, the “memory expert,” the thick binders - are all part of an increasingly desperate and disgusting defense strategy designed to deter and discourage others with information from stepping forward.

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CA--Group applauds Sac abuse victim who's suing today

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We applaud the brave family of a boy who is suing Sacramento city and school officials for abuse by a now-convicted child molesting teacher. We applaud his attorneys for holding a news conference today to expose those who ignored warning signs of the teacher’s wrongdoing.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article120525573.html

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PA--Ex-Bedford predator priest in court today; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud the brave victims and law enforcement officials who are prosecuting a child molesting Episcopalian priest and who are reminding all of us of an important lesson – even older child sex crimes and cover ups must be reported to police and prosecutors. And we beg church officials in four states to do aggressive outreach to find and help others who were assaulted by this cleric.

All too often, we all assume “it’s just too late” to pursue those who commit or conceal sexual violence. Increasingly, that’s just not true. Even in decades-old cases, more lawyers, cops and prosecutors are being increasingly creative and aggressive about going after these predators and enablers, a long-overdue move we deeply appreciate.

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AK--Catholic bishop slammed by victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Juneau Bishop Edward Burns is a poor choice to head the Dallas diocese. Pope Francis continues to promote clerics who share his personal leadership style and sadly, his lack of action on children’s safety.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ak_victims_blast_juneau_bishop_over_abuse_remarks

http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-026.cfm

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MA--Predator priest in court in Boston; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud the brave victims and law enforcement officials who are prosecuting a child molesting Episcopalian priest and who are reminding all of us of an important lesson – even older child sex crimes and cover ups must be reported to police and prosecutors. And we beg church officials in four states to do aggressive outreach to find and help others who were assaulted by this cleric.

All too often, we all assume “it’s just too late” to pursue those who commit or conceal sexual violence. Increasingly, that’s just not true. Even in decades-old cases, more lawyers, cops and prosecutors are being increasingly creative and aggressive about going after these predators and enablers, a long-overdue move we deeply appreciate.

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TX--New Dallas Catholic bishop slammed by victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Bishop Edward Burns is a poor choice to head the Dallas diocese. Pope Francis continues to promote clerics who share his personal leadership style and sadly, his lack of action on children’s safety.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ak_victims_blast_juneau_bishop_over_abuse_remarks

http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-026.cfm

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Denmark--Catholic officials must do outreach re accused priest

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Danish priest is accused of child sex crimes. Now, his bishop must aggressively

--help law enforcement prosecute him and

--seek out and help others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes.

http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-priest-charged-with-new-cases-of-child-sex-abuse.html

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PA--Altoona bishop must un-do harm caused by predecessor, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Altoona’s Catholic bishop must take strong steps now to “un-do” the harm caused when his predecessor deceitfully and quietly sent a serial predator priest across state lines. We suggest that he use newspaper and radio ads to aggressively seek out and help other victims of the child molesting cleric.

Long secret, just-released church records show that then-Bishop James Hogan gave a “glowing recommendation” as he sent a Msgr. Francis McCaa - who authorities call a “monster” who may have “molested hundreds” – to West Virginia where he worked for years among especially vulnerable families.

http://www.tribdem.com/news/umasking-of-a-monster-report-exposes-how-church-abuse-case/article_1f133dfc-bf64-11e6-b3f0-7bca5649937e.html

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USA--Cosby reportedly seeking deal; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Bill Cosby is reportedly seeking a plea deal. We hope that the prosecutor leaves this decision entirely up to the entertainer’s courageous victim. And we hope she insists on a trial.

Victims’ resiliency is often underestimated. While many victims of sexual violence can’t endure the rigors of a contentious trial, more of us are capable and willing than many in law enforcement believe. We hope Andrea Constand is one of them. Thus far, she’s shown remarkable strength and poise. Regardless of the actual outcome of this case, she’s already earned the gratitude of millions.

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KY--Group praises victim & challenges officials in new church abuse suit

For immediate release: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re deeply grateful to the brave, strong teenager who put a child molesting clergyman behind bars and is now using a new civil lawsuit – to be filed on Monday - to expose those who essentially protected the criminal at a northern Kentucky church. And we call on church officials who are facing this new suit to act like caring shepherds, not cold-hearted CEOs.

http://www.lewiscountyherald.com/lawsuit-to-be-filed-against-vanceburg-christian-church

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