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WA – Lawsuit alleging Seattle Archdiocese helped sex abuser secure a public school position recently settled, victims respond

For immediate release, Thursday, September 28, 2017

Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Seattle Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (425-941-6001 or

One of two lawsuits filed against the Seattle Archdiocese has settled for $1.3 million. The other suit is ongoing. Both alleged that the Archdiocese helped a teacher secure a public school position while knowing that he had sexually abused students at Archdiocesan schools. The teacher, Edward Courtney, was on a list the Archdiocese released last year of brothers, priests, deacons and nuns who abused children in its territory.

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AL – Pastor charged with refusing to report abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, Texas, Volunteer Baptist Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (

Huntsville Police have arrested a Baptist pastor for failing to notify law enforcement or the Department of Human Resources after receiving a report of alleged sexual abuse. Michael Walker, a pastor at Southside Baptist Church, learned of the alleged abuse in March of 2017, but the alleged perpetrator was not arrested until last month.

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