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CA- A fifth Michael Jackson victim comes forward, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 12, 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)

Some will blast Michael Jackson's latest accuser for his timing. That's wrong.

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Rome- Italian clergy abuse victims release video; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 12, 2014

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

We are deeply impressed by the courage and moved by the pain of the dozens of Italian clergy sex abuse victims who are part of a just-released YouTube video message to Pope Francis. For the safety of the vulnerable and the healing of the suffering, we endorse their call to Vatican officials to release long-secret church records about clerics who commit and conceal heinous sexual violence against children.

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CA- Davis priest arrested for sexually molesting girl - Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, 949.322.7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

The sexual molestation of a child by a person in a position of power—especially religious power—is a crime.

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KY- Priest suspended for second time, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 12, 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)

A Kentucky priest has been placed on leave after a second abuse allegation was reported. We are grateful to the brave victim for stepping forward and reporting their abuse. 

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WA- Abuse suits may soon settle against ex-WA Catholic cleric

For immediate release: Friday, May 9, 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) 

Child sex cases against a Catholic cleric who molested more than 50 kids – and who worked at several Seattle area schools – are expected to settle soon. 

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IN- Former Indiana professor faces sexual harassment allegation

For immediate release: Friday, May 09, 2014

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

A former Indiana professor has been hired at a Chicago Catholic university, despite allegations that he “likely” recently sexually harassed a married couple.

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OH- Child molesting cleric worked in Ohio

For immediate release: Friday, May 9, 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)

A Catholic cleric, who was convicted of disorderly conduct involving a minor and was recently "outed," also worked in Cincinnati. We want Catholic officials from Ohio and Pennsylvania to reach out to victims. 

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PA- Victims applaud PA Supreme Court on Lynn case

For immediate release: Thursday, May 8, 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 PA's highest court will look at this case. And we hope they will side with vulnerable kids over complicit adults.

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HI- Serial predator Catholic cleric now lives in Honolulu

For immediate release: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 8627688,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Christian brother, who is accused of molesting dozens of children across the country, is allegedly living in Hawaii. We hope church officials will act responsibly and warn unsuspecting families about this dangerous man.

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WA- Victims blast Seattle archbishop over predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, May 8, 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)

In light of the Fr. Harold Quigg scandal, Seattle's Catholic archbishop now says he'll re-examine his “monitoring” policy. But he shouldn't. 

It's not his “monitoring” policy that needs fixing. It's his secrecy practice that needs fixing.

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FL- College hires sexually harassing professor

For immediate release: Thursday, May 8, 2014

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

A former Florida professor/ dean has been hired at a Chicago Catholic university, despite allegations that he “likely” recently sexually harassed a married couple.

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NY- Abuse suits may soon settle against ex-NY Catholic cleric

For immediate release: Thursday, May 8, 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)

Several child sex cases against a Catholic cleric who molested more than 50 kids – and who worked in at least one New York parochial school – are expected to settle soon.

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