Media Statements

National--Seeds of Hope website launched, victims' group voices concerns

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 13th

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

A website offering “Orthodox Christian healing and counseling” was launched earlier this month. According to the website, Seeds of Hope is a national, non-profit organization of licensed therapists who are also Orthodox. Also according to the site, these therapists will provide free, confidential counseling for Orthodox victims of clergy abuse.

http://www.orthodoxchristianhealing.com/   

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MN--High ranking church official lies to colleagues

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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

Can proof of deceit possibly be clearer? The newly disclosed email from Fr. Kevin McDonough is conclusive evidence that he endangered kids and lied to a colleague. He should be defrocked.

http://www.startribune.com/local/288296171.html   

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MI--Serial predator priest faces new Michigan charges

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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 thrilled that an already convicted and imprisoned serial predator priest faces more charges. This should happen more often.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2015/01/former_jackson_lumen_christi_h.html   

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MO--Victims blast archbishop over perp center secrecy

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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 several Catholic predator priest centers in our area is in the news again today:

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/for-years-he-s-lived-with-neighbors-who-are-abusive/article_7890c20e-6900-5569-a0b6-9935c8db178f.html?mode=comments    

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CO-- Bill Cosby jokes about rape & should be boycotted

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

Statement by Jeb Barrett of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 720-891-0540, SNAPdenver@comcast.net

Last night, Bill Cosby joked about the two dozen rape allegations against him. That’s appalling. It adds insult to injury. http://www.people.com/article/bill-cosby-jokes-about-sexual-assault-allegations  

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MO--Two clergy sex case developments may hurt archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

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)

New developments in two civil lawsuits may shed more light on how St. Louis’ top Catholic official deals with clergy sexual abuse. In both cases, an actual trial – as opposed to a settlement or a loss by the victims on a technicality - seems more likely.   

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LA--Lawmakers & prosecutors must do more in New Bethany child sex case

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 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 )

Now that child sex crimes at the New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana won’t be pursued, legislators, prosecutors and others must step up to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/01/grand_jury_declines_to_indict.html  

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MN--Pedophile priest case heads to trial

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

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

At least one Twin Cities clergy sex abuse and cover up case will go to trial on Jan. 26, attorneys say. (See http://noakerlaw.com/ )   

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NY--NYC bishop minimizes abuse crisis while maintaining secrecy

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

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

It’s been more than a decade since the New York Archdiocese has revealed how much it’s spending on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. (So says self-described “loyal Catholic” Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal.) And a NY bishop is now deceitfully minimizing the scope of the pedophile priest/complicit bishop crisis.

http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2015/01/07/a-response-to-bishop-ohara/

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/us/american-archbishops-lavish-homes/   

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OH--Toledo abuse victims blast upcoming Cosby appearance

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP leader 419-345-9291 , SNAPtoledo@aol.com

We are very disappointed that Bill Cosby will perform soon in northwestern Ohio. We urge promoters and ticket-buyers to reconsider whether they want to be linked with a man who is accused of molesting one child and assaulting more than 20 women. In deference to all victims of violent sexual crimes, we hope the event will be cancelled.  And we hope that at least some who’ve bought tickets will stay away.

https://www.toledoblade.com/Peach-Weekender/2015/01/01/The-laughs-in-Toledo-keep-on-coming-in-the-new-year.html   

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IL- Priest sued for abuse for 3rd time in 3 years

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003bdorris@snapnetwork.corg)

A priest who lives in Missouri has just been sued for allegedly molesting a boy in suburban Chicago. We call on the archbishops of Chicago and St. Louis to warn their flock about the credibly accused serial predator.

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MO--Priest who lives here sued for abuse in Chicago

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

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 priest who lives in St. Louis has just been sued for allegedly molesting a boy in suburban Chicago. We call on Archbishop Robert Carlson to warn his flock about the accused predator.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/downers-grove-darien-westmont-woodridge/ct-joliet-priest-abuse-suit-met-0107-20150107-story.html   

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