Media Statements

MN--Accused priest is deemed not guilty

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 8

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 )

A Twin Cities priest has been found not guilty of sexually exploiting a women who sought counseling from him. We are disappointed in this verdict but proud of and grateful to the brave woman who helped police and prosecutors pursue this important case.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_27092537/maplewood-priest-mark-huberty-acquitted-sexual-misconduct-woman   

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CA--In light of Cosby case, victims of other predators should sue & report

For immediate release: Sunday, Dec. 7

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

One clear lesson has already emerged from the roiling Bill Cosby scandal: more child sex abuse victims should take – or at least explore - legal action against their predators, even if the crimes happened decades ago.   

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CA--Cosby files to dismiss suit

For immediate release Friday, December 5

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 beg Bill Cosby to reverse his decision to get the child sex lawsuit against him tossed out. He should fight the suit using the merits, not by exploiting the technicalities.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/05/bill-cosby-accuser-extort-lawsuit_n_6271658.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment   

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CA--Victims applaud new civil suit vs. Cosby & urge more to sue

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 4

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 applaud the brave woman who is suing Bill Cosby for allegedly abusing her decades ago as a child. That takes real courage. We hope other women and girls who were assaulted by this shrewd predator will find ways to seek justice against him.

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/nation_world/article_ed1aa6ce-7b62-11e4-9f94-0fdfff3289be.html   

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WI- Letter calls on Vatican to investigate the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bankruptcy

For immediate release Thursday Dec 4, 2014
Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee), 414-429-7259

An open letter sent by a group of local priest and survivor advocates is calling on the Vatican to investigate the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy. (Letter provided below)

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Dominica--Second victim of Dominica priest comes forward

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

A recently defrocked abusive Dominica predator priest faces credible allegations from at least two adults who say he molested them as children. Bishop Gabriel Malzaire should apologize for and explain why he’s been keeping this fact secret for months, and disclose how many individuals have reported being sexually assaulted by Reginald LaFleur. His victims are feeling extremely dismissed and very disappointed with the bishop's response to his removal from the priesthood. They are feeling re-abused again by the church officials.   

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MO--Priest who tried to have victim murdered pleads

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

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’re grateful that an already convicted would-be murderer priest – who spent time in the KC area - has just been sentenced for child sex crimes too. Fr. John Fiala is clearly a dangerous man who should be behind bars forever.

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2014/12/03/former-priest-guilty-in-sex-assault-of-teen.html   

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TX--Two preachers did not report suspected child abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

Two Odessa pastors are charged with not reporting suspected child sex crimes to police. We hope they’re convicted and given the harshest possible sentence. That’s the best way to deter church officials from covering up for child molesters.

http://www.newswest9.com/story/27532491/odessa-pastors-arrested-allegedly-hid-child-abuse-from-police   

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MO--Predator priest who was in KC finds another position around kids

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com)

In 2010, an admitted predator priest was ousted from working with the Special Olympics in KC.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/07_08/2010_07_14_Stahl_SpecialOlympics.htm  

    

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CA--Group urges CA lawmakers to prevent “victim-blaming” in child abuse cases

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 2

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are grateful that California legislators are trying to fix flaws in state statutes that enable defendants in abuse cases to blame children for their own suffering.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/26/48315/kpcc-report-on-lausd-middle-school-abuse-suit-spar/   

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OR--New suit says Jehovah's Witnesses hid abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 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)

We applaud the brave San Diego woman who is suing Jehovah’s Witness officials in Oregon for acting recklessly, callously and deceitfully about a predator in the church.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/12/jehovahs_witnesses_under_fire.html   

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MN--Another perp priest finds secular post in MN

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 1

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Once again, a predator priest has won access to vulnerable families through a non-profit group because most Catholic officials refuse to post predator priests names on church websites.

In 2010, a Duluth newspaper exposed Fr. Thomas E. Eriksen as working with Special Olympics in Kansas City.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/07_08/2010_07_14_Stahl_SpecialOlympics.htm   

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