Media Statements

NJ- Brick priest found guilty of abusing mother

For immediate release: Thursday, October 16, 2014

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

We are grateful that Fr. Marukudiyil Velan, known as “Fr. Chris” has been found guilty of criminal sexual conduct. Often trusted members of the clergy are given “light” sentences and then free to move into unsuspecting communities where they pose a very real danger.

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MN- Thursday 11 a.m. abuse court hearing in St. Paul

For immediate release Thursday, October 16, 2014 

For more info: Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A hearing will be held tomorrow in a St. Paul courtroom in a clergy sex abuse and cover-up case that revolves around the question of whether a priest can refuse to answer questions about alleged childhood sexual abuse by asserting the priest-penitent privilege.

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INTL- Irish priest guilty of child sexual abuse in Chile, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

An Irish born priest, who had been working in Chile, has been found guilty of sexually abusing a child. We are grateful for the bravery of the victims for coming forward. We hope the perpetrator is put behind bars for a long time.

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NV- Abuse case against priest settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

At least one of 30 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases that just settled in Missouri is against a Catholic priest who lives in the Reno area and was working in a parish as recently as four years ago.

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DC- Rabbi allegedly filmed women bathing, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

A prominent Orthodox Rabbi from Washington DC has been arrested after allegedly video tapping women bathing in a ritual bathhouse. We applaud the brave woman who alerted officials to her suspicions.

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MO- KC clergy abuse cases settle

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

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

Dozens of brave Kansas City men and women who were sexually assaulted as a child by priests have settled their abuse and cover up case against the KC Missouri diocese and its convicted bishop, Robert Finn.

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KY- Minister charged with sexual abuse of minor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

A Kentucky youth minister allegedly sexually abused and threatened one of his students. We are grateful to the brave victim who found the courage to speak up.

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MN- Clergy sexual abuse and cover-up case settles, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

This settlement and these promises are happening for two reasons: because caring victims take legal action and complicit officials fear trials. Let's never forget these two simple facts. So we desperately hope that no matter how this agreement plays out, we hope that men, women and kids who have been sexually violated by Minnesota priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers and other Catholic officials keep filing police reports and civil lawsuits. 

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WI- Clergy sexual abuse survivor is honored, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014

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

A courageous, compassionate and persistent clergy sex abuse victim who helped warn parents and the public about a serial child molesting Catholic cleric is being honored this weekend. He richly deserves it.

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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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