Media Statements

Rome--Victims to Vatican: Do outreach in suspected murder & orgy cases

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

There’s a common thread in the two pending Italian Catholic scandals – an alleged murder by a priest and alleged orgies by another priest. It’s a common thread in nearly all clergy sex abuse, misconduct and cover up cases: Virtually no Catholic official ever urges his flock to help law enforcement officials.    

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TX--Group praises Marsh's victims; urge others to come forward

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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 are glad that child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a Texas millionaire have settled but we suspect that there are other kids who were violated and are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. We urge them to come forward, expose wrongdoers and start healing.

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-04-07/chase-tower-businesses-settle-lawsuit-linked-marsh-3  

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NY--Victims blast Brooklyn bishop's "healing mass"

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Brooklyn diocesan officials have scheduled a “healing mass” for abuse victims. At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark. (See details below.)   

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Canada--Victims praise Canadian lawmakers & urge more reforms

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

Two more Canadian provinces have reformed archaic and arbitrary laws that protect child predators. We applaud these moves and urge lawmakers to go further.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/sex-abuse-lawsuits-ontario-nova-scotia-735695  

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OR--Victims blast Oregon bishop in lawsuit

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

A Catholic priest has lost his wrongful dismissal case against his bishop. This outcome helps explain why Catholic officials continue to endanger kids, move predators, and conceal evidence in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. 

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3033912-151/state-rejects-bend-ex-priests-employment-claim   

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PA--Special Penn State board meeting set

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

The board of Penn State will hold a litigation-related special meeting this Thursday. We hope it will be a step towards closure for those who were assaulted as kids by Jerry Sandusky and for other rape and child sex abuse victims who are hurt each time Penn State backers and officials try to publicly defend school officials accused of ignoring Sandusky’s crimes.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/board-of-trustees-to-hold-special-meeting-on-thursday-to-discuss-pending-litigation,1463491/    

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MN--Crookston bishop ignores two predators

For immediate release: Monday, April 6, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Verne Wagner 218-340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com

Victims blast Crookston bishop

He’s hiding the name of two predators

One is a now-defrocked priest who was convicted of child porn

The other admitted sexual misdeeds & was sent to Twin Cities

But neither were mentioned when diocese released accused priests   

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AZ--Child sex victims blast judge

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Child sex victims blast judge

Pedophile is accused of abusing two girls

One is his own daughter; They’re 7 & 8 years old

This week, he will question both of them in court

Group deplores the move & urges judge to “reconsider”

   

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TX--Baptist Home abuse case moves ahead

For immediate release: Friday, April 3

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 are grateful that the Waxahachie Police Department was making a grand jury referral for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and injury to a child in a case involving the Texas Baptist Home for Children. We hope others who may have seen, suspected or suffered abuse or cover ups by Home officials will call police and prosecutors immediately.

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/02/foster-care-child-abuse-case-headed-to-grand-jury/70864558/?showmenu=true   

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PA--Paterno statue at Penn State destroyed?

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 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

The Joe Paterno statute at Penn State has been destroyed, according to the OnwardState blog. They cite four sources for the claim. It could be an April Fool’s prank but doesn’t seem to be.

If this is true, we applaud this move and wish university officials would have disclosed this fact sooner. Controversy over the monument only re-victimizes already wounded and still suffering child sex abuse victims.

http://onwardstate.com/2015/04/01/april-fools-university-source-joe-paterno-statue-melted-down-for-rodney-a-erickson-food-science-building/   

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Rome--SNAP to Chilean priests & lawmaker: “Keep fighting”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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)

The controversial promotion of a new Chilean bishop isn’t “the same old, same old.” It’s worse. So we call on the dozens of Chilean priests and the 50 Chilean lawmakers who opposed this move to keep on fighting. And we call on Pope Francis to explain his hurtful decision.  

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Brazil--Abuse victims blast Brazilian Catholic group

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 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

A controversial and archconservative Catholic group says it will grow in Brazil. We hope it doesn’t. And we urge citizens and Catholics to steer clear of this secretive and problematic group.

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2015/03/30/rogue-catholic-bishops-plan-to-grow-schismatic-challenge-to-rome/  

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