Ireland- Prolific predator released from prison, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix, Southern California Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

One of the most dangerous predator priests in history has been released from prison early. We are deeply upset about his release and hope Catholic officials will do all they can to alert unsuspecting parents that he is free.

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National- Clergy victims 'mixed' about politicians on campus rape

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 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)

We are glad that Washington politicians are dealing with sexual violence on campuses and in the military. (And we are deeply impressed by and grateful for the brave victims who are fighting hard to prevent more sexual violence in these two arenas.) At the same time, however, we are sad that Washington politicians have largely ignored clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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SNAP statement to UN Committee Against Torture

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747, Rome hotel- +39 06 598591; SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

First, we humbly ask that you keep in mind that we are convinced that hundreds of innocent children and vulnerable adults are being sexually violated, tortured and assaulted - right now, today - by Catholic clerics.

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MN- More allegations vs. MN predatory priest

For immediate release: Thursday, May 1 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're saddened but not surprised that Fr. Mark Huberty has apparently assaulted more parishioners. Predators rarely strike once.


http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25677148/maplewood-priest-sex-case-involved-other-women-prosecutor

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IL- Release of Joliet predator priest records, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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

People often ask why we are here today. We are here because once again brave survivors have put aside their pain, put away their desire for privacy and stepped forward to protect children and reach out to others who have been hurt. They have had the wisdom to work with civil authorities and the persistence to demand the release of these documents which we believe will not only detail horrific abuse but will also reveal what church officials have done to enable, shield and protect these predators. 

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HI- Victims glad for extension to SOL, but more action is needed

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 8627688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

Yesterday Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill that would give child sex victims more time to expose predators and seek justice in civil courts. They also approved legislation giving prosecutors unlimited time to file criminal charges against child predators. We applaud this action. 

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IL- Pastor on leave during investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 8627688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

An Illinois pastor is on leave during an investigation into his conduct. We are glad he has stepped aside and hope that the investigation is thorough and any relevant findings are turned over to secular authorities.  

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Rome- New Vatican panel must hold hearings and denounce bishops

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747, Rome hotel- +39 06 598591; SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

If Pope Francis' new abuse study panel is to be effective and seem credible, it must act quickly. After all, Catholic officials have dealt with clergy sexual violence privately for centuries and publicly for decades, yet painfully little reform has happened or is happening. And clergy sex crimes and cover ups keep happening while predator priests are being protected, moved and kept on the job.

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PA- Penn State alums should donate to abuse groups

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 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)

Penn State alums plan to raise $300,000 for a new statue of Joe Paterno. We oppose this callous move. But if they proceed, we challenge them to raise an additional $300,000 and donate it to groups that prevent child abuse and help victims. 

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MO- Predator priest passes away

For immediate release: Monday, April 28, 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)

Fr. Robert R. Osborne has passed away. We are grateful he can’t hurt another child ever again. We sympathize with Osborne’s family and for the Catholic parishioners who felt close to him, but we hope his passing will help his victims find healing.

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MS-Victims want review of MS Baptist church

For immediate release: Monday, April 28, 2014

For more info: Amy Smith, SNAP leader Texas, 281-748-4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com
David Clohessy, Executive Director, SNAP, 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com  

Survivors urge outside review of Baptist church

State lawmaker implicated in cover-up

Convicted music minister may have molested more kids, group fears

"Awareness training" not enough, group says

Transparency and action keep kids safe, they urge

On the eve of a church "sexual abuse awareness training,” a clergy abuse survivors’ group is asking church officials to take a hard look at their own failures in connection with a clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

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Rome- Francis should extradite Polish archbishop or reverse himself

Statement by SNAP leader Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain

(outside the Vatican today in Rome) +44 7787 638245

One Polish Catholic official is a soon-to-be saint. A second one, however, is a fugitive.

When John Paul II celebrations wind down on Monday, we call on Francis to extradite Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski to Polish law enforcement authorities who want to charge him with sexually assaulting kids in the Dominican Republic.

Three months ago, The Tablet reported that “The Holy See said that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was a citizen of the Vatican, and that Vatican law did not allow for his extradition.”   

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