IL- Cardinal is deposed tomorrow

For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com) 

We are glad Cardinal Francis George will be deposed in the disturbing Fr. Daniel McCormack abuse and cover up case. But we are upset that some records about McCormack are still secret, even though George and other Catholic officials formally pledged 12 years ago to be “open and transparent” in these cases.

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CA- Victims oppose taking names off sex offender registry

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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

The California Sex Offender Management Board is recommending to the legislature that only high-risk offenders should be required to register for life. Others, characterized as “low risk,” could be removed from the registry 10 to 20 years after the offense. We are deeply concerned about this proposal.

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VA- Richmond Catholic officials blasted in child sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia SNAP Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPVirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)

A Virginia Catholic school volunteer has been arrested on three counts of sexual abuse with a child. We are grateful to the brave victims who spoke up and to law enforcement for arresting this predator. And we are so disappointed in the response by Richmond Catholic officials.

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Australia- Sex abuse trial for Arctic priest

For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 

Regardless of the verdict these brave victims are to be commended. They reached out with courage and through a great deal of personal pain to expose the truth of the sexual violence they endured as children. Because of them Dejaeger will not find it so easy to violate other children in the future. The world is on notice now regarding his history and the danger he poses. Many thanks to each of the victims who told of their experiences in the trial.

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Rome- Pope should reveal names of 3 accused bishops, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

The New York Times is now reporting that Francis says Vatican officials are investigating three bishops for alleged child sexual crimes or cover ups and that one of them has been convicted. For the safety of kids, we call on the pope to disclose who those bishops are right now, especially the convicted one.

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MO- Pope hints at discipline for Kansas City's bishop, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

Last night, Pope Francis claimed that three bishops are under investigation – one of whom has been convicted – regarding the child sexual abuse scandal. We believe and hope one of them is Bishop Robert Finn in Kansas City. (We in SNAP don't know of another bishop who has been convicted of endangering kids who is still on the job, so we are fairly confident Francis is talking about Finn.)

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Rome- Pope to hold "another PR meeting with victims"

For immediate release: Monday, May 26, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) 949-322-7434 jcasteix@gmail.com

Francis made three meaningless abuse comments today. None of them are significant in any way. All are disappointing because they amount to more public relations instead of real action.

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MA- Vatican official makes “silly” new abuse claim

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

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

In a new interview, a top Vatican official (Fr. Robert Oliver from the Boston archdiocese) claims “procedures” must be “developed” to deal with bishops who enable or hide clergy sex crimes. That's patently ridiculous.

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UK- Jehovah's Witness allow predator to "grill" victim

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

One of the most difficult—but important—things that a survivor of sexual abuse can do is report the crime and put a predator behind bars. That's what the victims in this case did. They worked with law enforcement to ensure that Jonathan Rose was arrested, convicted and jailed for molesting two little girls.

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Geneva- Victims worry about one UN recommendation to Vatican

For immediate release Friday May 23, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are troubled by a recommendation by the UN Committee Against Torture that Catholic officials set up “independent” mechanisms “which victims of alleged violations of the Convention can confidentially report allegations of abuse.”

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IL- Rockford priest arrested

For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

An Illinois priest has been charged with indecent exposure. We are worried that his crimes don’t stop there.   

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Austria- Time to abolish Concordat!

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by David D’Bonnabel of SNAP (+43 699 125 904 64)

Victims in Austria are grateful that a UN Committee today expressed concern about concordats and other agreements negotiated by Vatican officials that “may prevent prosecution of alleged perpetrators by limiting the ability of civil authorities to question, compel the production of documentation by or prosecute individuals associated with the Catholic Church.” The CAT urges that these troubling agreements should not be used to shield criminals. 

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