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WI- Letter calls on Vatican to investigate the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bankruptcy

For immediate release Thursday Dec 4, 2014
Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee), 414-429-7259

An open letter sent by a group of local priest and survivor advocates is calling on the Vatican to investigate the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy. (Letter provided below)

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Dominica--Second victim of Dominica priest comes forward

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

A recently defrocked abusive Dominica predator priest faces credible allegations from at least two adults who say he molested them as children. Bishop Gabriel Malzaire should apologize for and explain why he’s been keeping this fact secret for months, and disclose how many individuals have reported being sexually assaulted by Reginald LaFleur. His victims are feeling extremely dismissed and very disappointed with the bishop's response to his removal from the priesthood. They are feeling re-abused again by the church officials.   

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MO--Priest who tried to have victim murdered pleads

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

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

We’re grateful that an already convicted would-be murderer priest – who spent time in the KC area - has just been sentenced for child sex crimes too. Fr. John Fiala is clearly a dangerous man who should be behind bars forever.

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2014/12/03/former-priest-guilty-in-sex-assault-of-teen.html   

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TX--Two preachers did not report suspected child abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

Two Odessa pastors are charged with not reporting suspected child sex crimes to police. We hope they’re convicted and given the harshest possible sentence. That’s the best way to deter church officials from covering up for child molesters.

http://www.newswest9.com/story/27532491/odessa-pastors-arrested-allegedly-hid-child-abuse-from-police   

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MO--Predator priest who was in KC finds another position around kids

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com)

In 2010, an admitted predator priest was ousted from working with the Special Olympics in KC.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/07_08/2010_07_14_Stahl_SpecialOlympics.htm  

    

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CA--Group urges CA lawmakers to prevent “victim-blaming” in child abuse cases

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 2

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are grateful that California legislators are trying to fix flaws in state statutes that enable defendants in abuse cases to blame children for their own suffering.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/26/48315/kpcc-report-on-lausd-middle-school-abuse-suit-spar/   

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OR--New suit says Jehovah's Witnesses hid abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 1

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 the brave San Diego woman who is suing Jehovah’s Witness officials in Oregon for acting recklessly, callously and deceitfully about a predator in the church.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/12/jehovahs_witnesses_under_fire.html   

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MN--Another perp priest finds secular post in MN

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 1

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Once again, a predator priest has won access to vulnerable families through a non-profit group because most Catholic officials refuse to post predator priests names on church websites.

In 2010, a Duluth newspaper exposed Fr. Thomas E. Eriksen as working with Special Olympics in Kansas City.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/07_08/2010_07_14_Stahl_SpecialOlympics.htm   

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Spain--Rezar no es suficiente: el Arzobispo de Granada tiene que tomar acciones concretas para proteger a la infancia.

Rezar no es suficiente: el Arzobispo de Granada tiene que tomar acciones concretas para proteger a la infancia.

El Arzobispo debe buscar activamente otras posibles víctimas y suspender de sus puestos a todos aquellos que estén implicados en el crimen.

Comunicado de prensa por Miguel Hurtado +44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com

Las acciones simbólicas pueden tranquilizar conciencias pero no protegen a los niños. Solo los hechos concretos protegen a los menores.  El Arzobispo de Granada Francisco Javier Martínez debe alentar y animar a toda persona que haya sido víctima, testigo o sospechado conductas delictivas en su diócesis para que comuniquen a la policía lo sucedido, no a las autoridades eclesiásticas.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/24/world/europe/spain-sexual-abuse-priest-arrests/  

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Spain--Praying not enough: Bishop should take action to protect the vulnerable

For immediate release Saturday, November 29

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain, SNAP leader (+44 7787 638245, michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com) 

Praying not enough: Bishop should take action to protect the vulnerable

Bishop should seek out other victims and suspend those involved

Symbolic actions hold meaning but do not protect children. Action will protect children. Grenada’s Archbishop Francisco Javier Martinez should encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or suspected wrong-doing to speak up and report it to police, not church officials.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/24/world/europe/spain-sexual-abuse-priest-arrests/  

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Australia--UN committee prods Australian government on sex crimes

For immediate release Friday, November 28

Statement by Nicky Davis, SNAP Australia Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, +61 422 538 440, nicky@nickydavis.com.au

UN Committee prods Australian government on sex crimes

Victims’ group applauds UN Committee

For decades, Australian society has looked the other way while many thousands of innocent children suffered in terrified silence, not just for an entire childhood, but often an entire lifetime.

    

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Australia--UN panel blasts Australia over clergy sex cases

For immediate release Friday, November 28

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests +1 312 399 4747

UN panel blasts Australia over clergy sex cases

SNAP responds to new UN report on government of Australia

For the third time this year, an international panel of experts is highlighting sex crimes in the Catholic church. It is now calling upon government officials to hold the church hierarchy accountable.

The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) just evaluated how several states, including Australia, is following the Convention Against Torture. The panel issued recommendations earlier today to better ensure that human rights are protected.   

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