NY- Camp Counter-Sues Parents of Molested Child for Defamation

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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

A World of Discovery Day Camp employee was found guilty of sexually molesting a 12-year old boy. But camp officials are now suing the parents of the victimized boy for defamation.

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MO- Former principle charged with sexual abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

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

A former principal of a Collinsville Christian Academy has been charged with attempted sexual assault.  We want school officials to aggressively reach out to any other victims.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-principal-at-collinsville-christian-academy-charged-with-sexual-abuse/article_d7a834a1-d82e-5b86-b90c-cccc9b75a485.html  

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NC- Pastor accused of sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

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

A North Carolina pastor, who was working in South Carolina, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is already listed on the sexual offender registry in North Carolina. We are disturbed that a registered sex offender was allowed to work as the pastor of a church. 

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NY- Charges dropped vs. clergy sex whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014 

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

We are thrilled but not surprised at a Brooklyn prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a whistleblower in a clergy sex abuse case.

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Canada- Victims blast Catholic officials' apology

For immediate release: Friday, March 07, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Church abuse apologies are virtually meaningless. Whether long or short, clear or vague, prompt or delayed, they don't protect a single child, expose a single predator or uncover a single cover up.

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LA- Victims seek bishop's help

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims seek bishop's help

Predator priest was sued twice for abuse 

He allegedly sexually assaulted two kids in Louisiana 

Group wants Catholic officials to reach out to victims

“Prelates should warn unsuspecting families about him,” SNAP says

A now retired priest was sued twice for molesting kids in Louisiana was “outed” in Florida last week. 

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NY- Female Catholic teacher rapes boy; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

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

A female Catholic school religion teacher in the New York Archdiocese has pled guilty to raping a boy. Now, archdiocesan staff, under Cardinal Tim Dolan, must launch an aggressive public drive to find others who may have seen, suspected or suffered her crimes. And authorities must treat this criminal just like a male sex offender, with no special treatment. 

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RI- Case against scandal-ridden Catholic group goes forward

For immediate release: Thursday, March 06, 2014

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

We are grateful that a lawsuit against the scandal-ridden Catholic Legion of Christ will move ahead. 

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CHILE- Victims reject proposed settlement from archdiocese

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

SNAP applauds the courage of survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Andrés Murillo who rejected the proposed settlement from the Archbishop of Santiago, Chile.

http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2014/03/680-568115-9-victimas-de-karadima-rechazan-propuesta-compensatoria-del-arzobispado-y-exigen.shtml

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Rome- Pope's “pain” for “falsely accused” priests is scrubbed? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In a little-noticed talk with some Italian priests yesterday, Pope Francis offered tender words for clerics he calls “falsely accused” of abuse (according to Gazzetta del Sud). But those sympathetic words are apparently left out (and replaced by ellipses) in the official version of his talk in four summaries or official versions of the speech that are accessible from the Vatican's website.  (See below.)

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Rome- Pope “shares the pain” of wrongly accused priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A newspaper in southern Italy reports that Pope Francis told a group of priests he considers “falsely accused” that he “shares their pain.”

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Canada- Victims blast Ottawa bishop over abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 2014

For more info: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, Cappy Larson cappy@rlarson.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims blast Ottawa bishop

He professes "neutrality" in clergy sex case

But group says that "helps criminals & hurts kids"

They want diocese-wide ban on backing predators

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting an Ottawa bishop for claiming to be neutral in a dispute over a fundraising event for a convicted archbishop.

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