Media Statements

IN--Victims blast Subway pitchman Jared Fogle over appeal

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We’re saddened but not surprised that ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is appealing his child porn  sentence. That’s just what predators do: exploit the legal system like they exploit their victims.

http://www.pantagraph.com/ap/entertainment/jared-fogle-appealing-child-porn-sentence/article_29a4df99-7312-5ab9-b84c-8a547b84c57c.html

 

Read more
1 reaction Share

WI--New Superior bishop has big job ahead

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

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

The Vatican has named a new bishop of Superior Wisconsin. He has big shoes to fill and one gaping injustice to correct.

http://superiorcatholicherald.org/news/local-news/pope-appoints-priest-of-diocese-of-superior-to-be-bishop-of-diocese/

Read more
1 reaction Share

MN--Group praises Lutheran abuse victim for new lawsuit

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 14, 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 the brave woman who is suing an abusive Minnesota youth minister and shining a light on child sex crimes and cover ups in Protestant denominations.

http://bringmethenews.com/2015/12/14/lawsuit-youth-minister-with-lutheran-church-sexually-abused-girl-in-1970s/

Read more
1 reaction Share

NY--Judge OKs unusual child sex suit; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 14, 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 significant new legal ruling lets a novel clergy abuse and cover up lawsuit proceed. We’re grateful for this innovative approach, the judge who approved it and for the brave victim who is bringing it.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2057/Court-Rules-That-Abuse-Survivors-Public-Nuisance-Claims-AgainstDiocese-of-Rockville-Centre-May-Proceed.aspx

A Long Island girl reports that she was sexually abused by Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Mastic Beach NY. (631-281-5743,rectory@st.judemb.com)

http://www.stjudemb.org/Clergy.html

http://hamilton-griffin.com/guest-blog-survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests-snap-report-on-recent-cases-of-child-sexual-abuse/

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO--Group hopes Supreme Court will rule in favor of abuse victims

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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

The Missouri Supreme Court may let a child sex abuse victim expose his predator in civil court even though the crimes happened years ago. We hope this brave victim succeeds.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/missouri-high-court-weighs-sex-abuse-suit-against-boy-scouts/article_ba740295-595f-51c8-822d-3fb0003ef512.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

USA--Colleges get religious exemptions; Victims group is wary

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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

It’s troubling to learn that dozens of colleges have won exemptions from laws that apply to other institutions. We believe these exemptions will make these colleges less safe for students and staff and will make it easier for administrators to hide sexual violence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/religious-colleges-obtain-waivers-to-anti-discrimination-law.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=none&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F12%2F11%2Fus%2Freligious-colleges-obtain-waivers-to-anti-discrimination-law.html&eventName=Watching-article-click

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO--Another private school teen charged in hazing case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

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

Another Principia student faces charges in a hazing case. Other teens at the school are accusing of sodomizing younger kids.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/fourth-teen-charged-in-principia-football-sex-hazing-case/article_a1be7904-43a7-5a0a-8e79-dee7d99b2b0f.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

OR--Pedophile priest case settles; Victims group responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

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

An abuse and cover up suit against the Portland archdiocese and a convicted predator priest has settled. We deplore the secrecy surrounding this case.

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/284825-161156-suit-against-st-luke-archdiocese-has-settled-out-of-court

Read more
1 reaction Share

OH--Group hopes state damages cap is lifted in abuse cases

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo SNAP (419-345-9291SNAPtoledo@mail.com)

Next week, the Ohio Supreme Court will have a chance to lift Ohio’s unwise cap on damages for victims of horrific child sex crimes. We hope the justices will side with innocent, vulnerable kids and deeply wounded adults over institutional wrongdoers.

http://nbc4i.com/2015/12/09/ohio-court-case-seeks-to-increase-amount-of-money-child-sex-abuse-victims-can-receive/

Read more
Add your reaction Share

IA--Victims challenge SC bishop on abuse

For immediate release, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Statement by SNAP leader Tim Lennon who was abused in Sioux City (415-312-5820tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

Many of us are confused by and skeptical of Sioux City's bishop's claim that he's starting a new program to teach kids about avoiding child molesters. We suspect it's just a public relations move. We hope we’re wrong.

The "new program" is touted in the Catholic diocesan newspaper under the headline “Diocese of Sioux City Promulgates Safe Environment Program in Catholic Schools.”

http://www.catholicglobe.org/?p=5109

Read more
1 reaction Share

MA--Victims applaud new SJC ruling about child sex law

 For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

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

The highest court in Massachusetts today made it easier for sex abuse victims to expose child molesters which will help prevent future sexual violence against the vulnerable. We applaud the court and the brave survivor who brought this case. The unanimous ruling is part of a larger, longer trend toward repealing or reforming archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations that keep being exploited by those who commit and conceal child sex crimes as a way to protect their secrets and evade consequences for their horrific acts.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/12/09/sjc-upholds-expanded-statute-limitations-civil-sex-abuse-cases/di7kWNcivZSh7q5Siy2YsJ/story.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

MI--Archbishop should help prosecutors with school abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 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 criminal prosecution of a Catholic youth minister and school employee is proceeding and Detroit’s archbishop should aggressively seek out others with information or suspicions about the alleged predator.

Joseph Sturza, a former director of admissions at Austin Catholic High School in Ray Township, and a former youth minister at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Macomb Township, is charged with four felony counts of sex offenses against a child.

http://www.candgnews.com/news/child-sex-abuse-case-heading-back-court-88677

Read more
1 reaction Share