Media Statements

WI--Victims ask WI archbishop to help re: “self-circumcised” predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

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-seminarian who reportedly tried to circumcise himself and was arrested in Wisconsin now admits he recently molested kids. We urge Milwaukee Catholic officials to publicize the abuser’s admission and aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes in Wisconsin.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/oct/26/coeur-dalene-man-jailed-on-1-million-bond-suspecte/

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CA--Victims back new anti-rape proposal

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County California, SNAP Southern California director (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

We applaud a California legislator’s move to reform the state’s predator-friendly statute of limitations in sexual violence cases.

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-lawmaker-would-end-statute-of-limitations-for-rape-20151109-story.html

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IL--Archbishop should promote new film, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For more information: Barbara Blaine,bblaine@snapnetwork.org, (312) 399-4747, Kate Bochte, keight@sbcglobal.net630-768-1860, David Clohessy, davidgclohessy@gmail.com,314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

Victims to archbishop: “Make your staff see new film”

“Stop promoting complacency, start urging vigilance,” SNAP says

A victims group says Chicago’s top Catholic official should make every parish and chancery employee go see a new film about the child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

The highly acclaimed movie, Spotlight, opens in Chicago this Friday. It’s about how newspaper reporters uncovered decades of complicity in clergy sex crimes in the Boston archdiocese.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing Archbishop Blasé Cupich about the film. Officials at the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops have also written public relations advice to every diocese about the movie.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/09/catholic-church-leaders-send-guidance-dioceses-dealing-with-spotlight-movie/Y73IyCDYII8lEd24gq3jsI/story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/09/spotlight-portrayal-of-sex-abuse-scandal-is-making-the-catholic-church-uncomfortable-all-over-again/

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TX--Victims prod DA to charge priest in unsolved murder

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790), Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP (bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003)

Fifty-five year old murder case still stalled

Texas prosecutor pledged in his campaign to reopen the file

But District Attorney has not issued an update in six months

A victim’s group is writing him, begging for “action & transparency”

“File charges now, while the suspect and witnesses are still alive,” says SNAP

Six months ago, a high profile, unsolved, decades-old murder investigation in McAllen was re-opened by a new district attorney. Now, a victims group is writing the prosecutor and urging him to disclose the status of the case and file charges against the most widely known suspect.

http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/how-a-53-year-old-murder-case-became-an-issue-in-the-hidalgo-county-district-attorney-race/

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WI--Letter to Pope Francis from deaf survivors of St. John’s School on behalf of the 575 survivors in the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy.

SNAPnetwork.org

CONTACT: Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, 414.429.7259

(SNAP Statements on the bankruptcy settlement today here and here.)

Letter to Pope Francis from deaf survivors of St. John’s School on behalf of the 575 survivors in the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy.

November 9, 2015

Dear Pope Francis,

We are writing to you as deaf survivors of childhood sexual assault by Father Lawrence Murphy who operated for decades St. John’s School for the Deaf in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  As far as we know, in the mid 1970’s we were the first victims of these crimes to publicly come forward anywhere in the world.  We did so very reluctantly and only after learning that the Milwaukee Archdiocese, with the likely knowledge and advice of Vatican officials, was continuing to cover up the crimes of Fr. Murphy and leave deaf children at risk.

    

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MO--Two sex offenders’ cases go to US Supreme Court

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

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

In most of the world, kids are even more vulnerable to predators than they are in the US. That’s why we hope the Supreme Court will uphold laws requiring convicted sex offenders to notify authorities when they move to a foreign country.

Two Kansas City men - Lester Nichols and Robert Lunsford - were convicted of sex crimes in unrelated cases and later moved - separately - to the Philippines. Neither of them updated their sex offender registrations. The question is: can or should they be required to do so?

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/11/06/scotus-to-decide-reach-of-sex-offender-registry.htm

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DE--Group applauds charges vs. church officials in sex case

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

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

We hope Delaware’s attorney general succeeds in winning a conviction against Jehovah Witness officials who did not report suspected child sex crimes to secular agencies.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/52dc58db424b470692ef7b95a843d319/DE--Child-Abuse-Reporting-Lawsuit

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/08/05/ag-claims-seaford-congregation-report-sex-abuse/31184877/

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SPOTLIGHT--Welcome to your movie

Remarks by Phil Saviano at the Boston showing of SPOTLIGHT for abuse victims

Welcome to your film. It’s your film because it's your courage and your compassion that made it possible.

The Globe’s team did remarkable work. But they’re the first to admit that without brave Boston survivors, they couldn’t have done their outstanding investigation.

Each one of you should feel deeply proud of your role in this film and in this crisis, regardless of whether you sued, settled, spoke publicly or didn’t. Each of you has exposed wrongdoers, protected kids, and deterred wrongdoing. We in SNAP are incredibly grateful for all you have done and are doing to safeguard the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Please keep taking care of yourself. And please do what you can to get or stay more involved in our on-going struggle to make sure others don’t suffer like we’ve suffered.

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TN--More desperate moves by convicted predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

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

A convicted ex-priest charges that his lawyers were inept, prosecutors committed misconduct, and that both a judge and a district attorney’s office should be removed from his case and he deserves another trial.

Give me a break. More important, give the predator’s brave victim, Warren Tucker, a break.

http://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/william-casey-s-post-conviction-relief-attempt-to-continue-in/article_9248f9b0-e874-524c-b74a-d4c8968a1851.html

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MA--Church Review Board member promotes complacency instead of vigilance

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

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

We’re saddened that a Catholic layman disingenuously defends how Worcester Catholic officials deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

In an newspaper op ed today, Edward Reynolds, claims the church hierarchy is “protecting children today by implementing nationally accepted protocols.” That’s baloney. They’re doing smart public relations. But they aren’t reforming.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20151104/OPINION/151109736

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MN--Victims to bishop: Don’t appeal $8 million abuse verdict

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

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

We fear that Duluth’s bishop will appeal an $8 million jury verdict or use it to justify seeking bankruptcy protection. We hope he’ll do neither. Both are irresponsible.

A Pennsylvania bishop once appealed a jury verdict for an abuse victim for more than a dozen years. Instead of paying the original $1.5 million, the diocese ultimately paid $2.569 million http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2001_10_17_Gibb_DioceseFinally.htm 

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MO--New KC bishop doesn’t mention abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

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

We’re sad that Kansas City’s new bishop chose to basically ignore his diocese’s horrific track record on the biggest crisis his church faces. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article42994710.html

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