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TX--Port Arthur cleric removed

For immediate release Thursday December 17, 2015

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)

We are grateful that civil authorities are handling the investigation of Port Arthur cleric Fr. David Placette. 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 Placette – or cover ups by church officials – to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.   

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PA--Victims disappointed over Sandusky pension decision

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec.  16, 2015

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

We’re disappointed that state officials are not appealing the decision that gives convicted serial child predator Jerry Sandusky a generous pension.

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/state-regional/state-wont-appeal-ruling-giving-jerry-sandusky-bac/npkjB/

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CA--Statewide drive to reform CA child sex laws to start

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, SNAP Southern California director (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

A statewide petition drive to make California kids safer by repealing archaic, predatory-friendly laws will soon start. We applaud this move and the brave survivor who’s responsible for it.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_29260516/man-acquitted-priest-beating-trial-seeks-signatures-ballot

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IN--Victims blast Subway pitchman Jared Fogle over appeal

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We’re saddened but not surprised that ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is appealing his child porn  sentence. That’s just what predators do: exploit the legal system like they exploit their victims.

http://www.pantagraph.com/ap/entertainment/jared-fogle-appealing-child-porn-sentence/article_29a4df99-7312-5ab9-b84c-8a547b84c57c.html

 

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WI--New Superior bishop has big job ahead

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

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

The Vatican has named a new bishop of Superior Wisconsin. He has big shoes to fill and one gaping injustice to correct.

http://superiorcatholicherald.org/news/local-news/pope-appoints-priest-of-diocese-of-superior-to-be-bishop-of-diocese/

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MN--Group praises Lutheran abuse victim for new lawsuit

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

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

We applaud the brave woman who is suing an abusive Minnesota youth minister and shining a light on child sex crimes and cover ups in Protestant denominations.

http://bringmethenews.com/2015/12/14/lawsuit-youth-minister-with-lutheran-church-sexually-abused-girl-in-1970s/

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NY--Judge OKs unusual child sex suit; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

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

A significant new legal ruling lets a novel clergy abuse and cover up lawsuit proceed. We’re grateful for this innovative approach, the judge who approved it and for the brave victim who is bringing it.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2057/Court-Rules-That-Abuse-Survivors-Public-Nuisance-Claims-AgainstDiocese-of-Rockville-Centre-May-Proceed.aspx

A Long Island girl reports that she was sexually abused by Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Mastic Beach NY. (631-281-5743,rectory@st.judemb.com)

http://www.stjudemb.org/Clergy.html

http://hamilton-griffin.com/guest-blog-survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests-snap-report-on-recent-cases-of-child-sexual-abuse/

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MO--Group hopes Supreme Court will rule in favor of abuse victims

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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

The Missouri Supreme Court may let a child sex abuse victim expose his predator in civil court even though the crimes happened years ago. We hope this brave victim succeeds.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/missouri-high-court-weighs-sex-abuse-suit-against-boy-scouts/article_ba740295-595f-51c8-822d-3fb0003ef512.html

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USA--Colleges get religious exemptions; Victims group is wary

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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

It’s troubling to learn that dozens of colleges have won exemptions from laws that apply to other institutions. We believe these exemptions will make these colleges less safe for students and staff and will make it easier for administrators to hide sexual violence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/religious-colleges-obtain-waivers-to-anti-discrimination-law.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=none&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F12%2F11%2Fus%2Freligious-colleges-obtain-waivers-to-anti-discrimination-law.html&eventName=Watching-article-click

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MO--Another private school teen charged in hazing case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

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

Another Principia student faces charges in a hazing case. Other teens at the school are accusing of sodomizing younger kids.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/fourth-teen-charged-in-principia-football-sex-hazing-case/article_a1be7904-43a7-5a0a-8e79-dee7d99b2b0f.html

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OR--Pedophile priest case settles; Victims group responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

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

An abuse and cover up suit against the Portland archdiocese and a convicted predator priest has settled. We deplore the secrecy surrounding this case.

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/284825-161156-suit-against-st-luke-archdiocese-has-settled-out-of-court

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OH--Group hopes state damages cap is lifted in abuse cases

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo SNAP (419-345-9291SNAPtoledo@mail.com)

Next week, the Ohio Supreme Court will have a chance to lift Ohio’s unwise cap on damages for victims of horrific child sex crimes. We hope the justices will side with innocent, vulnerable kids and deeply wounded adults over institutional wrongdoers.

http://nbc4i.com/2015/12/09/ohio-court-case-seeks-to-increase-amount-of-money-child-sex-abuse-victims-can-receive/

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