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PA--Altoona bishop must un-do harm caused by predecessor, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Altoona’s Catholic bishop must take strong steps now to “un-do” the harm caused when his predecessor deceitfully and quietly sent a serial predator priest across state lines. We suggest that he use newspaper and radio ads to aggressively seek out and help other victims of the child molesting cleric.

Long secret, just-released church records show that then-Bishop James Hogan gave a “glowing recommendation” as he sent a Msgr. Francis McCaa - who authorities call a “monster” who may have “molested hundreds” – to West Virginia where he worked for years among especially vulnerable families.

http://www.tribdem.com/news/umasking-of-a-monster-report-exposes-how-church-abuse-case/article_1f133dfc-bf64-11e6-b3f0-7bca5649937e.html

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USA--Cosby reportedly seeking deal; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016

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

Bill Cosby is reportedly seeking a plea deal. We hope that the prosecutor leaves this decision entirely up to the entertainer’s courageous victim. And we hope she insists on a trial.

Victims’ resiliency is often underestimated. While many victims of sexual violence can’t endure the rigors of a contentious trial, more of us are capable and willing than many in law enforcement believe. We hope Andrea Constand is one of them. Thus far, she’s shown remarkable strength and poise. Regardless of the actual outcome of this case, she’s already earned the gratitude of millions.

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