FL- Victims praise pastor who blasts church over child sex abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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)

We are deeply grateful to a Florida pastor who is publicly criticizing a church group for mishandling a child sexual abuse scandal. When those within the church speak out for victims and accountability, real change is made easier. 

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TX- Church youth volunteer arrested for soliciting a girl

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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 Victoria man, who was a volunteer at a church youth program, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a girl online. We are grateful this predator has been arrested and to the brave mother who alerted police.

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NY- Victims praise law enforcement for big child porn bust

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

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

There are two crucial lessons to learn from today's huge child porn bust in New York City.

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MA- Rabbi allegedly used funds to hide affair with teen, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 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 Massachusetts rabbi is being investigated for allegedly using funds from congregants to keep his affair with a teenage boy secret. We are deeply disturbed by this news. 

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PA- Victims blast church delays in abuse talks

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 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) 

Shame on church officials for dragging their feet with these negotiations. There's simply no reason it must take this long to resolve credible child sex abuse cases.

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IL- Chicago university insists on hiring sexual harasser

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 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 Chicago Catholic university is confirming today that it still is hiring the most recent U.S. ambassador to the Vatican despite allegations that he “likely” recently sexually harassed a married couple. This is a stunningly reckless move.

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Rome- Pope moves backwards on abuse

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 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)

In yet another sign that the Vatican is moving backwards on clergy sex crimes and cover ups, Pope Francis is setting up yet another church abuse panel – this one to help hear appeals of accused child molesting clerics.

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CA- Contra Costa officials want review of child abuse reporting law, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 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) 

Contra Costa officials, including the DA and the police chief, want a review of the child abuse reporting law and a possible changing of the law. We are grateful officials not only want a review of this law, but are speaking out publically about it. 

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PA- Priest suspended for child sexual abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 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 Pennsylvania priest has been suspended after child sexual abuse allegations surfaced. We are glad action has been taken and law enforcement has been notified, but we are worried there might be other victims suffering in silence and self-blame.

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CA- Sex offenders challenge laws

For immediate release: Friday, May 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)

A group of convicted sex offenders are mounting legal attacks on laws regulating where they can live. We urge caution here and hope that courts rebuff these challenges.

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/sex-offender-suing-city-of-wasco-sex-offender-ordinance-violates-constitutional-rights-051614

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MN- Victim gets threatening letters

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 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)

The woman who “outed” a Twin Cities predator priest is getting threatening letters and  prosecutors suspect the cleric is behind them.

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Chile- Priests played role in Chile’s stolen babies

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 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)

As recently as 2005, Catholic priests may have helped steal babies.

The church in Chile is under investigation after revelations that priests played a role in stealing babies from unwed mothers. Our hearts ache for the mothers and innocent children that were irreparably hurt by this despicable practice.

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