Media Statements

PA--Punish Penn State hockey team

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19

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

Penn State’s hockey team, both students and staff, should be punished for their callousness. (Players sported “409” stickers on their helmets at their most recent game.)

http://www.si.com/college-football/2015/01/19/penn-state-sandy-barbour-hockey-team-joe-paterno-409-inappropriate  

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MO--Records about KC predator priests are made public

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19

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

Roughly 150 pages of long-secret Catholic church records about a predator priest who molested at least one Kansas City child have been released. He worked at parishes and high schools in at least four cities, was a military chaplain for three decades, and was active nationally in black Catholic organizations.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1942/Files-of-6-Archdiocese-of-Saint-Paul-and-Minneapolis-Priests-Released--.aspx   

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OH--Victims urge Cosby viewers to donate to rape prevention

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP leader 419-345-9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com

We’re sad that apparently hundreds of adults are still planning to attend Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in Sandusky.

Again, we urge these ticket-buyers to ask for refunds. That’s the least they can do to avoid heaping more pain on already-wounded rape victims. That’s the least they can do to show a modicum of sensitivity to the hundreds of thousands who have been raped by men like Cosby – popular and powerful but shrewd and sick men who usually evade detection and punishment.    

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ME--Maine predator priest is defrocked

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 16

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

A man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But no one seems to know where he is. Maine’s bishop must do more to protect children from him.

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/16/news/state/vatican-permanently-dismisses-former-maine-priest-for-sex-abuse-of-a-minor/   

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MN--Catholic diocese declares bankruptcy

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

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)

Archbishop John Nienstedt is exploiting secular bankruptcy laws to protect himself and his top aides from embarrassment and inconvenience. This decision is not about money, it's about selfishness.

It's no coincidence that Nienstedt does this on the eve of three trials at which dreadfully damaging testimony by a range of victims, witnesses and whistleblowers would have been laid bare for the public to see. That's almost always the way Catholic church bankruptcy filings happen.   

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AK--Allegations of abuse at Orthodox school

For immediate release: Friday, January 16, 2015

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

A new website makes serious allegations of abuse at an Orthodox school in Kodiak.

https://academyabuse.info/   

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MO--Victims blast Ft Wood officials over rape case

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 15

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

A detailed report of sexual abuse by an Army sergeant in today’s Post Dispatch raises troubling questions about how seriously senior officers at Ft. Leonard Wood take the safety of enlisted personnel.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/how-a-sexual-predator-operated-under-the-radar-at-ft/article_307d5184-fe2f-56e5-9baa-9a77438c897d.html   

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MO--Minister sued for abuse is still on the job

For immediate release Thursday, January 15 

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

A civil abuse lawsuit against Wayman AME church officials and Rev. Frederick McCullough

has been settled, yet Rev. McCullough remains head of another congregation. We beg his flock to oust him before he can hurt others.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/lawsuit-alleges-sexual-harassment-by-minister-at-ame-church-in/article_043e87f3-9855-5085-a733-b083eb878d01.html   

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SD--Victims blast Sioux Falls bishop for honoring accused predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Monday, in an act of stunning insensitivity, a South Dakota bishop dedicated a building to his predecessor who was accused of molesting three children.

Sioux Falls Bishop Paul J. Swain led a public ceremony to name dedicated a homeless shelter after the now-deceased Bishop Paul V. Dudley, who alleged sexually abused in the St. Paul archdiocese.

http://www.kdlt.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40971&Itemid=57

http://www.sfcatholic.org/Bishop/documents/Bishop%20Dudley%20Hospitality%20House_12-Jan-2015_opening%20&%20blessing.pdf   

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PA--Victims tell Penn State: "Let go of Paterno's victories"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Penn State officials are trying to get NCAA officials to “re-instate” all of Joe Paterno’s “wins.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2015/01/13/penn-state-sanctions-ncaa-joe-paterno-victories/21688509/   

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NE--Victims want new Nebraska bishop to focus on kids' safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Soon the Vatican will appoint a new bishop for the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/bishop-to-be-named-next-week-to-replace-dendinger-who/article_72e6ddc4-f94a-57c0-b0d3-c42588f4a503.html   

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MA--O’Malley must fire two staff & defrock one priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley must do more than let a priest, principal and teacher resign. He must defrock the cleric and fire the other two.

http://www.whdh.com/story/27841434/3-school-staff-in-revere-resign-amid-indecent-exposure-incidents   

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