Media Statements

AK--Orthodox priest put on leave; victims’ group wants more from Church

For immediate release: Monday, February 23, 2015

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

An Orthodox priest who has been accused of the physical, mental, and spiritual abuse of students at a school in Kodiak has been placed on a leave of absence.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/   

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MO--SNAP: “For once, archbishop, do a bit more”

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 21

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)

On Monday, Gary P. Wolken, a serial child predator and defrocked Catholic priest, will walk free from a prison in Bonne Terre Missouri. In his 40s, he’s charismatic, charming, well-educated and well-spoken, so he’ll have plenty of chances to molest again.   

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CA--Victims urge Cosby fans to donate to rape prevention

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 22

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay SNAP Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie@pokrov.org, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The cancellation of Bill Cosby’s June event in Santa Rosa can lead to something good. We urge every single person who bought a ticket to donate the cost to groups that help prevent rape.

http://blog.sfgate.com/loaded/2015/02/20/cosby/   

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AK--SNAP urges Orthodox victim to avoid church investigator

For immediate release: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga CA,Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)


Allegations of abuse at an Orthodox school in Kodiak are finally being investigated by church officials. However, a victims’ group is concerned that the untrained investigator looking into these charges will re-traumatize survivors.   

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AL--Accusations against priest kept secret

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 19

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)

A decade ago, an accusation of child sex abuse was made against an Alabama priest. And as best we can tell, virtually every Catholic employee in the state who knew about it kept it quiet.

Alabama’s highest ranking Catholic official is breaking the national church abuse policy and breaking the trust of parents, parishioners and the public by recklessly, callously and secretly mishandling child sex charges against one of his priests.

http://lagniappemobile.com/archdiocese-attempting-stop-subpoenas-related-alleged-sexual-misconduct/   

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IL--Sex abuse victims blast IL university over predator

For immediate release: Thursday, 2/19

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Sex abuse victims blast IL university

College let controversial priest speak

Cleric resigned from St. Louis Police Board

He allegedly sexually harassed three officers

And he offered to watch child porn with one

Group wants school president to apologize & explain

“Those responsible should be disciplined,” SNAP says

A victims’ support group wants officials at an Illinois college to explain and apologize for their decision to let a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually harassing at least three police officers speak last month on campus. Those responsible should be disciplined, the organization says.  

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NY--New bishop nominated for Orthodox Church Victims disapprove of candidate & urge reconsideration

For immediate release: Thursday, February 19, 2015


Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)


A recent special assembly of the Long Island-based Orthodox Church in America (OCA) nominated an episcopal candidate for the long vacant see of the Diocese of the South.


https://www.facebook.com/wilmingtonoca/posts/1038294042852069:0   

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MD--Predator priest – 1 of 6 at one parish – passes away

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18

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)

One of at least six credibly accused Baltimore predator priests who worked at one Catonsville parish has died. And Baltimore’s archbishop, as best we can tell, kept this secret.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?pid=174125430  

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PA-- Students want Bill Cosby's degrees revoked

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Last week, students at Swarthmore College joined students at Boston University and Yale in questioning why their schools haven’t rescinded the honorary degrees they have awarded to entertainer Bill Cosby.

http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/02/12/bill-cosby/    

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MO--Predator sought to get his conviction tossed out

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Predator sought to get his conviction tossed out

Priest pled guilty to child sex crimes in Boonville

But weeks ago, he tried to get judge to free him

He had also molested a New Jersey boy in the 1980s

Cleric had worked in three mid-Missouri counties

After leaving his Catholic post, he was a counselor

SNAP: “He's one of the most egregious child molesting clerics

Late last year, a Catholic priest who lived and worked in three mid-Missouri counties asked a judge to set aside his child sex abuse plea, claiming inadequate legal representation and obstruction of justice.   

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IL--Group begs more victims of Chicago Imam to speak up

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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 are grateful that a prominent Chicago Muslim cleric faces criminal assault charges. But now is not the time for complacency. It’s time for every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Mohammad Abdullah Saleem – or cover ups by or at the Institute for Islamic Education – to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-muslim-religious-leader-faces-sexualabuse-charge-20150217-story.html   

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Chile--Victims applaud Chile politicians who appeal to Pope

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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)

More than 50 Chilean politicians are asking Pope Francis to rescind the promotion of a bishop who concealed heinous child sex crimes. We applaud them and join in their call to have Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno demoted.

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2957135_lawmakers-call-on-pope-to-reverse-appointment-of-chilean-bishop.html   

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