Media Statements

CA- Twice accused Los Angeles priest now working on Guam; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 18, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

We are shocked to learn that a Los Angeles priest from Los Angeles - accused twice of molesting children - now works as a priest on Guam. We strongly urge Guam Catholic officials to oust him.

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FL- Man accused of producing child porn was Boy Scout volunteer

For immediate release: Friday, July 18, 2014

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

A Florida man who has been charged with producing and distributing child porn has links to the Boy Scouts, a church and an elementary school. We are deeply concerned about the possible number of victims suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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Canada- Child molesting Orthodox archbishop out on bail, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

A Canadian Orthodox archbishop, who was convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 8 months in jail last week, has been released on bail. We are disappointed the judge granted this request. 

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Canada- Convicted Orthodox archbishop requests bail, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

A Canadian archbishop, who was convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 8 months in jail last week, has appealed his conviction and requested to be released on bail. We hope the judge denies this request.

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PA- New interview by Penn State's Spanier; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier has given a long, self-serving interview to the New York Times Magazine in which he says he was stupid and naïve but denies any criminal intent in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. 

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UK- Jehovah's Witness victim abused by confident

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

A victim abused by a Jehovah’s Witness elder was later abused by the man she confided in. Our hearts ache for this victim and we applaud her courage in speaking out. 

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MN- Someone's guilty of perjury

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

Ramsey County D.A. John Choi has spoken several times about how Minnesota laws prevent him from doing more about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese.

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SC- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

A South Carolina pastor has been arrested after allegations of child sexual abuse were reported. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and is working to help protect other children. 

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MN- Victims urge IRS investigation of archdiocese, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 16, 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)

A former top Catholic official disclosed yesterday that she was asked to seek tax-exemption in cases where she believed it was “wrong.” In light of this – and widespread deception by others in the Twin Cities Catholic hierarchy - we call on the Internal Revenue Service to begin investigating the St. Paul archdiocese.

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WV- Boy molested by priest, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 16, 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)

A new court filing yesterday revealed that an admitted predator priest likely molested a West Virginia boy and a support group for victims is urging the state's Catholic bishop to “aggressively reach out” to anyone else the cleric may have assaulted.

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MA- New revelation regarding infamous Fall River molester

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

Catholic officials issued a “clearly false and deceptive statement” about the marriage of one of America's most notorious predator priest, Fr. James Porter of the Fall River diocese, according to a stunning 107 page affidavit filed in a Minnesota court yesterday.

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MO- Victims demand real action from archbishop

Tuesday, July 15, 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)

We're here today for three reasons: to warn the public about a defrocked predator priest's current and recent whereabouts, to prod St. Louis' archbishop to disclose the names of 63 credibly accused child molesting clerics, and to denounce the archbishop for his mean-spirited actions last week in attacking a child sex abuse victim. 

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