Media Statements

IA--Victims urge IA Catholic officials to act in murder case

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

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

An ex-priest who was just charged with raping and murdering a beauty queen spent time in Dubuque, we have learned. We fear he may have hurt a woman in Iowa too.

We urge Iowa Catholic officials, especially Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels, to aggressively beg victims, witnesses and whistlebowers to come forward to law enforcement so the full truth about this heinous crime can be uncovered.

Last week, John Feit was arrested in Phoenix for killing a 25 year old parishioner in McAllen, Texas in 1960. Two years later, he pled “no contest” to assaulting another young woman.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/irene-garza-s-family-feels-weight-has-been-lifted-as/article_08731f56-d2b9-11e5-928d-879164c36842.html

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HI--Prolific “missing” ex-NV abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 14, 2016

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

An abusive Catholic cleric – who worked in Nevada, may have molested 50 kids and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by church officials - has turned up in Hawaii. Though his church supervisors knew of his crimes as far back as the 1960s, they let keep teaching for years.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-seattle-serial-molester-20160212-story.html

He’s Brother Edward C. “Chris” Courtney. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he taught at parochial schools and churches in MI, NY, IL and WA. In the 1980s, he also taught in public schools in Reno.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/952352-129/the-final-final-trial-of-edward

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NC--Church officials praised in sex case

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful that the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina is admitting that a rector has been accused of sexual abuse while working at a Waynesville church for 12 years.

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/02/12/former-wnc-rector-under-investigation-sex-crimes/80285154/

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CA--Proposed initiative to reform and eliminate Civil & Criminal Statutes of Limitations

PRESS RELEASE SENT STATEWIDE 2-11-16
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2016 CALIFORNIA BALLOT MEASURE
Elimination of Civil & Criminal Statutes of Limitations pertaining to sex crimes against children.

San Francisco, California – William Lynch (Proponent) announces granting of Title and Summary by the California Attorney General and the beginning of the qualification process for a 2016 California ballot measure. http://www.StopChildSexAbuse.org

William Lynch was sexually assaulted when he was 7 years old. Like a textbook case of child sex abuse, Will told no one. When the truth came out 20 years later, Will was informed that the criminal statute of limitations had expired when he was 13 and the priest could not be prosecuted.

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LA--Victims blast bishop over predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

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

Shame on Alexandria’s bishop for urging victims of a predator priest to call him instead of calling police. Child sex abuse is a crime. It should be reported to the independent, unbiased professionals in law enforcement, not to the biased, self-serving Catholic officials who, even now, work to keep a tight lid on clergy sex scandals.

Bishop Ronald Herzog knows this. Still, he insists – as Catholic officials have done for decades – on trying to handle this horror internally. Again, he should be ashamed of himself.

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IA--Lawmaker tries to reform “archaic” abuse law; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

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

Iowa lawmakers are trying to reform child safety laws. We applaud this effort.

http://www.kcci.com/news/new-bill-could-have-big-affect-on-child-sexual-abuse-cases/37947008

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ID--Abuse victim sues Mennonites; Support group responds

For immediate release, February 12, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber, Leader of the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (540-214-8874Mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org)

Our hearts go out to Clayton Peaster and his family, and anyone else who may have been hurt by any Mennonite predator. We applaud Mr. Peaster for his courage and we hope his seeking justice will protect others and bring healing.

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_e787a28c-d158-11e5-a2d8-0bc424f32436.html

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MI & HI--Prolific “missing” ex-Detroit abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

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

An abusive Catholic cleric – who is suspected of molesting more than 50 kids and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by church officials - has turned up in Hawaii. Though his church supervisors knew of his crimes as far back as the 1960s, they let keep teaching in Michigan and four other states

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-seattle-serial-molester-20160212-story.html

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MN--Church officials must act re convicted predator priest, victims say

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Dozens of northern Minnesota Catholic church staff members have a chance to protect kids in from a proven predator priest. And since Vatican officials are knowingly putting these kids in harm’s way, Duluth area church employees and parishioners must take action to safeguard the vulnerable.

Church bureaucrats in Rome have told a bishop that he can lift the suspension of convicted cleric who molested at least two Crookston area girls.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-bishop-lifts-convicted-priests-suspension/75204

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MD--Ex-Baltimore priest accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 

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

A priest who worked in Baltimore for a decade is accused of molesting a girl. We urge Baltimore Catholic employees to aggressively seek out any one else he may have hurt and beg them to call police.

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2016/02/11/diocese-alexandria-priest-dismissed-after-misconduct-allegations/80243900/

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Vatican--Officials OK lifting convicted predator priest's suspension; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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

A bishop says that Vatican officials have approve his lifting of the suspension of a convicted predator priest. If this is true, this is an act of breath-taking recklessness and callousness.

Our heart ache for betrayed families in Minnesota and vulnerable families in India. Most of all, however, our hearts ache for one of the bravest victims we’ve ever met, Megan Peterson, whose courage helped get Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul charged, extradited, and convicted of child sex crimes in Crookston MN.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-bishop-lifts-convicted-priests-suspension/75204

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TX--Popular convicted predator loses appeal; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2016

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

A convicted Austin child molester who was openly supported by several churches has lost his appeal. We are grateful that he’ll stay behind bars and hope he’ll stop appealing. And we hope that the clerics and congregants who publicly rallied for him will now apologize to his victims.

http://m.statesman.com/news/news/appeals-court-affirms-greg-kelley-sex-assault-conv/nqNh7/

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