Media Statements

MN--Statement re Duluth area predators

Statement by Verne Wagner, Duluth SNAP director

We belong to a support group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). We’re here to discuss the newly-outed five predator priests who have worked in Duluth. We’re here to warn parents and the public about the two of them who are still alive. And we’re here today to prod Duluth Catholic officials to find some courage, do what’s right, disclose more information and take real steps – not cosmetic ones, not superficial ones – to protect kids.

Let’s start with the obvious, the simple and the pressing: One of these clerics, Fr. Charland, is a psychologist in the Twin Cities. Other than being a priest, could there possibly be a more dangerous job for a child molester to have? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/oblate-names-released

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OH--PA--Cleric who worked in Dayton and Pittsburgh abused girl with turkey baster

For immediate release: Thursday, July 9

For more information:  David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Cleric who worked in Dayton abused girl with turkey baster

He pled guilty and now his sentencing hearing is being held

A Catholic cleric who spent time in the Cincinnati archdiocese abused a girl with a turkey baster and was “a sadist,” a court in Australia was told this week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-08/catholic-brother-a-brazen-offender-who-grossly-abused-trust/6604270 

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MO--Three Springfield predators are just "outed"

For immediate release: Thursday, July 9

For more information:

David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Three predator priests “outed” for first time

All worked in the Springfield Catholic diocese

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CA--Victims back move to rescind Cosby presidential medal

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 8

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We applaud the move to rescind Bill Cosby’s presidential medal. We urge politicians of all parties and at all levels to publicly endorse this effort. It’s a no-brainer. But it’s an important move that will bring some healing to rape victims and maybe give pause even one potential rapist or give pause to those who may publicly defend accused rapists.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gateway-to-dc/mccaskill-says-she-d-support-effort-to-take-back-cosby/article_0a211d1c-b8e7-5eb6-8a71-0ad6fedf7a73.html

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Oblate predators in MO & IL

FACT SHEET about credibly accused Oblate predator priests in IL & MO (7/8/2015)

Records about seven predator priests who worked in this area are being released as part of a lawsuit settlement. More litigation against their church supervisors is pending, so more information about them will be disclosed in the months ahead.

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WI--Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

 

Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse
 
Archbishop Listecki filing expensive and pointless appeal to US Supreme Court, deposing victims, and piling up the legal fees
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CA--Group praises LAPD & urges Cosby victims to “act now”

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434,jcasteix@gmail.com)

We’re thrilled that the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Bill Cosby, and we beg anyone who may have seen, suffered his crimes to come forward ASAP.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/07/07/chloe-goins-lawyer-says-criminal-investigation-into-bill-cosby-ongoing-unsealed/

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NC--Victims applaud new ruling in pedophile priest case

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

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

We’re grateful a new court ruling will let a pedophile priest case move forward and we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the cleric or cover ups by his church superiors to step forward.

http://www.wxii12.com/news/NC-Appeals-Court-allows-priest-sex-abuse-lawsuit-to-proceed/34035848

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PA--Victims applaud ruling in Paterno lawsuit

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

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

We applaud a new court ruling that gives the NCAA a chance to respond in detail to allegations that the association acted wrongly in the Penn State case. It’s important that the NCAA have this opportunity to defend itself. It may deter other athletic programs that are disciplined in the future for refusing to put the safety of the innocent over the success of the team.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/judge-gives-ncaa-permission-to-file-new-response-despite-paterno-estates-objections,1464633/ 

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National--Victims applaud Catholic editor/survivor who discloses abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

A veteran Catholic editor is disclosing his own childhood suffering at the hands of a Catholic priest. We applaud his courage, shown not just now through his revelations but also shown through his decades of diligence exposing this continuing crisis in the church.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/pages-and-protection-first-step-bringing-clergy-sex-abuse-secrets-light   

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The Cosby new revelations: Three “take aways” from SNAP

For immediate release: Monday, July 6

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)

Thanks to civil litigation and brave victims, more truth is finally emerging about the horrendous acts of Bill Cosby. We’re grateful a courageous woman sued him in 2005. We’re grateful to the Associated Press for seeking the truth. And we’re grateful that a judge has unsealed this damaging deposition of Cosby from that suit.

There are three “take-aways” here.

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MI--Victims urge bishop to be more honest

For immediate release: Monday, July 6

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

Saginaw’s bishop owes parishioners and the public more information about a just-suspended priest. We hope the local Catholic hierarchy will be more honest about the allegations against Fr. Denis Heames.

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/diocesan-priest-placed-on-administrative-leave-

of-absence/article_fb0d033a-23ff-11e5-8b96-5f26f85b24b1.html

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