Rome- Pope “offended” by the wrong problem in the church; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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)

The pope said he is “offended.” Apparently, he's not really offended by Catholic officials who transfer predators and keep secrets and endanger kids. He's offended by the “hype” around his papacy. 

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TX- New prosecutor elected; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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)

We are thrilled that Rene Guerra – who has refused to aggressively pursue a murder case involving a priest -- has been defeated. We hope the newly elected prosecutor will honor his pledge to re-open the troubling Irene Garza case.

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Rome- Pope of “change” now backs status quo; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader Becky Ianni of DC/northern Virginia (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

We agree with Pope Francis that "The statistics of the phenomenon of violence against children are staggering.” 

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Rome- Pope shows “archaic, defensive” mindset; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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)

We are deeply disheartened by Pope Francis' remarks on the church's horrific, on-going sexual abuse scandal. His comments reflect an archaic, defensive mindset that will not make kids safer. 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/05/pope-defends-church-efforts-against-abuse  

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National- Victims on general's sex trial: Stop calling it “an affair”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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 the court-martial of Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, accused of sexual assault for allegedly twice forcing oral sex on a soldier, the words “affair” and “mistress” should never appear. Those are inaccurate terms. 

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OR- New Portland Catholic bishop appointed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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)

Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith is the new auxiliary of the Portland Catholic archdiocese. We are disappointed by this choice.

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MT- Church officials should act now, not wait for settlements

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 04, 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) 

As part of a yet-to-be-finalized settlement with clergy sex abuse victims, Helena Catholic officials say they'll release the names of credibly accused child molesting clerics. They should have done this years ago and we urge them to do this now. There's no reason they cannot or should not.

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NY- Men to rank NY private schools on safety; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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) 

We applaud these compassionate men of the Horace Mann Action Coalition who are devising a system of rating New York private schools on how they handle child sex crimes.

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OK- Victims applaud prosecutors for appealing child sex case

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Assistant Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com) 

We are grateful that McAlester prosecutors are appealing the recent dismissal of a child sex abuse case involving a Jehovah's Witness elder (Ronald Lawrence) who is accused of molesting three girls.

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IL- Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

For more information: Barbara Blaine, SNAP Founder and President (
312)399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com and David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

He was publicly exposed two weeks ago for first time

Sex abuse victims seek help from Cardinal George

Group blasts “bare minimum” approach by Catholic officials

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CA- Jehovah's Witness sentenced for child sex crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 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 grateful that a Jehovah's Witness elder will spend time in prison and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Now, JW officials and congregants must aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

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NJ- Victims blast Newark pastor

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A Newark Catholic pastor is telling his flock that “the media is our devil." We believe Fr. Peter Palmisano should be disciplined for this hurtful remark.

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