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SPOTLIGHT--Welcome to your movie

Remarks by Phil Saviano at the Boston showing of SPOTLIGHT for abuse victims

Welcome to your film. It’s your film because it's your courage and your compassion that made it possible.

The Globe’s team did remarkable work. But they’re the first to admit that without brave Boston survivors, they couldn’t have done their outstanding investigation.

Each one of you should feel deeply proud of your role in this film and in this crisis, regardless of whether you sued, settled, spoke publicly or didn’t. Each of you has exposed wrongdoers, protected kids, and deterred wrongdoing. We in SNAP are incredibly grateful for all you have done and are doing to safeguard the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Please keep taking care of yourself. And please do what you can to get or stay more involved in our on-going struggle to make sure others don’t suffer like we’ve suffered.

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TN--More desperate moves by convicted predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 6, 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 convicted ex-priest charges that his lawyers were inept, prosecutors committed misconduct, and that both a judge and a district attorney’s office should be removed from his case and he deserves another trial.

Give me a break. More important, give the predator’s brave victim, Warren Tucker, a break.

http://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/william-casey-s-post-conviction-relief-attempt-to-continue-in/article_9248f9b0-e874-524c-b74a-d4c8968a1851.html

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MA--Church Review Board member promotes complacency instead of vigilance

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 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 saddened that a Catholic layman disingenuously defends how Worcester Catholic officials deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

In an newspaper op ed today, Edward Reynolds, claims the church hierarchy is “protecting children today by implementing nationally accepted protocols.” That’s baloney. They’re doing smart public relations. But they aren’t reforming.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20151104/OPINION/151109736

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MN--Victims to bishop: Don’t appeal $8 million abuse verdict

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 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 fear that Duluth’s bishop will appeal an $8 million jury verdict or use it to justify seeking bankruptcy protection. We hope he’ll do neither. Both are irresponsible.

A Pennsylvania bishop once appealed a jury verdict for an abuse victim for more than a dozen years. Instead of paying the original $1.5 million, the diocese ultimately paid $2.569 million http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2001_10_17_Gibb_DioceseFinally.htm 

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MO--New KC bishop doesn’t mention abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 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 sad that Kansas City’s new bishop chose to basically ignore his diocese’s horrific track record on the biggest crisis his church faces. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article42994710.html

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MO--Three waves of victims of clergy sexual abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

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

There have basically been three “waves” of Catholic child sex abuse victims.

First were many who no longer had ties to the church. Their faith had been stolen from them. So they had fewer fears about seeking justice.

Then there were many who were abused in parish settings. They worried about their privacy, since parishes can be somewhat tightly knit. But they came forward anyway.

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MN--Victims applaud MN pedophile priest verdict

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 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 a Minnesota jury for awarding $8.1 million to a victim of a predator priest. This verdict will protect kids and deter cover ups of child sex crimes.

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2015/11/04/jury-returns-81-m-verdict-in-duluth-priest-sex-abuse-case/75172426/

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TX--Big, controversial Dallas church sells its building

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 3

Statement by Amy Smith, Co-leader of DFW SNAP (watchkeepamy@gmail.com, 281-748-4050)

The high-profile Prestonwood Church of Dallas is selling its ostentatious building.

https://baptistnews.com/ministry/congregations/item/30628-prestonwood-baptist-church-sells-dallas-campus    

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IL--Victims applaud Speaker Ryan for removing Hastert portrait

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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 are grateful that House Speaker Paul Ryan has removed the portrait of Dennis Hastert. Its presence in a taxpayer-funded building was hurtful to victims of sexual violence. Its removal will give hope to victims that if they speak up, sometimes, some measure of justice is possible.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/portrait-of-ex-speaker-dennis-hastert-taken-down-at-capitol/

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MO--Victims beg new KC bishop to take “tangible prevention steps”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 3

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

Tomorrow, Kansas City gets a new Catholic bishop. He’ll seem “kinder and gentler” than his predecessor but won’t be any better at protecting kids, healing victims, or deterring or exposing cover ups.    

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National--New studies show Catholic abuse crisis costs $4 billion

For immediate release: Monday, November 2

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

New studies show Catholic abuse crisis costs $4 billion

Two solid pieces of new research show that the cost of the Catholic church abuse and cover up crisis is at least $4 billion, much higher than bishops have previously disclosed. We’re not surprised. If powerful men will hide clergy sex crimes and cover ups, they’ll surely hide the costs of that wrongdoing too.   

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DC--Victims to Paul Ryan: Take down Hastert portrait

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 30

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Virginia State leader (703-801-6044 cell, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

Denny Hastert’s Capitol Hill portrait must come down. Now that he’s pled guilty, there’s absolutely no excuse for Congressional officials to hurt victims of abuse by honoring an acknowledged wrongdoer.   

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