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Mexico- Priest defrocked for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 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 Mexican priest, who has been found guilty of child sexual abuse, was defrocked by the Vatican. We are glad this predator has been defrocked and that a complaint has been filed with secular authorities. But, it's irresponsible for church officials to stop here. They must aggressively reach out to others who saw, suspected or suffered this cleric's crimes. And they must harshly punish any other church staff or members who ignored or concealed these crimes.

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CA- Teacher found guilty in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 2014

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

A former Catholic school teacher was convicted yesterday of three felony counts for having sex with a 14-year-old student. We are grateful for this verdict and hope he will receive the maximum prison sentence of four years and four months. The longer he is kept in prison and away from kids, the safer they will be. 

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NJ- Basketball coach charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 29, 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 New Jersey youth basketball coach and school administrator was charged with child sexual abuse. The Newark Archdiocese has vowed to cooperate. We hope that is true and we hope the Archdiocese provides outreach to victims.

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AZ- Local pastor removed for allegations of abuse, Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 29, 2014

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

Phoenix's St. Thomas parish has been plagued by alleged abusive clerics. Another one has just been publicly exposed. 

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MN- Archbishop should be fired say victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 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)

Twice Archbishop John Nienstedt's former second-in-command suggested that the archbishop consider resigning, according to a just-released sworn deposition.

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IL- Cardinal is deposed tomorrow

For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com) 

We are glad Cardinal Francis George will be deposed in the disturbing Fr. Daniel McCormack abuse and cover up case. But we are upset that some records about McCormack are still secret, even though George and other Catholic officials formally pledged 12 years ago to be “open and transparent” in these cases.

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CA- Victims oppose taking names off sex offender registry

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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

The California Sex Offender Management Board is recommending to the legislature that only high-risk offenders should be required to register for life. Others, characterized as “low risk,” could be removed from the registry 10 to 20 years after the offense. We are deeply concerned about this proposal.

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VA- Richmond Catholic officials blasted in child sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia SNAP Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPVirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)

A Virginia Catholic school volunteer has been arrested on three counts of sexual abuse with a child. We are grateful to the brave victims who spoke up and to law enforcement for arresting this predator. And we are so disappointed in the response by Richmond Catholic officials.

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Australia- Sex abuse trial for Arctic priest

For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 

Regardless of the verdict these brave victims are to be commended. They reached out with courage and through a great deal of personal pain to expose the truth of the sexual violence they endured as children. Because of them Dejaeger will not find it so easy to violate other children in the future. The world is on notice now regarding his history and the danger he poses. Many thanks to each of the victims who told of their experiences in the trial.

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Rome- Pope should reveal names of 3 accused bishops, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 27, 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)

The New York Times is now reporting that Francis says Vatican officials are investigating three bishops for alleged child sexual crimes or cover ups and that one of them has been convicted. For the safety of kids, we call on the pope to disclose who those bishops are right now, especially the convicted one.

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MO- Pope hints at discipline for Kansas City's bishop, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 27, 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)

Last night, Pope Francis claimed that three bishops are under investigation – one of whom has been convicted – regarding the child sexual abuse scandal. We believe and hope one of them is Bishop Robert Finn in Kansas City. (We in SNAP don't know of another bishop who has been convicted of endangering kids who is still on the job, so we are fairly confident Francis is talking about Finn.)

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Rome- Pope to hold "another PR meeting with victims"

For immediate release: Monday, May 26, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) 949-322-7434 jcasteix@gmail.com

Francis made three meaningless abuse comments today. None of them are significant in any way. All are disappointing because they amount to more public relations instead of real action.

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