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CA--Victims applaud second woman who sues Cosby

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

Statement by SNAP leader Peter Pollard of Springfield MA, 413-335-9969, springfieldSNAP@aol.com

In A Springfield MA court, a woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, this time for defamation.  We applaud Tamara Green and hope her move inspires others who were hurt by Cosby to take similar legal action to expose his heinous crimes and deter his hurtful comments.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/tamara-green-sues-bill-cosby-defamation-article-1.2040441   

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MN--"Keep accused priest off the job"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

The fate of a Twin Cities priest who has been accused of sexually exploiting adult women is now in the hands of Archbishop John Nienstedt, who is also accused of adult sexual misconduct.

http://canonicalconsultation.com/1/post/2014/12/acquittal-of-reverend-mark-huberty.html

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25677148/maplewood-priest-sex-case-involved-other-women-prosecutor      

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NM--7 more Catholic clerics in NM are accused of child sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 9

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)

Seven New Mexico clerics with a Catholic religious order called the Franciscans are accused of sexually abusing youngsters, according to the Gallup Independent newspaper and court documents.   

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MI--Probe deepens into bishop for alleged misdeeds in Detroit

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 9

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)

An investigation into a Minnesota Catholic archbishop who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with seminarians in Detroit is deepening. Detroit’s current archbishop must help, by aggressively reaching out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered sexual misdeeds by his colleague.  

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OH -- A man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican

For immediate release: Sunday, Dec. 7

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 man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But he is now teaching at a local college. Steubenville's bishop must do more to protect children from him and explain his own secrecy surrounding the troubling case.

After several credible allegations of child sexual abuse, Catholic officials in Rome have finally defrocked Gary A. Zalenski from the priesthood.

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CA -- Victims Blast Politician for Defending Bill Cosby

Statement by Tim Lennon

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

San Francisco Local Leader

 

Politician Willie Brown should be ashamed of himself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosby despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.

http://sfist.com/2014/12/08/willie_brown_defends_bill_cosby_say.php

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CA--Victims blast singer who is defending Bill Cosby

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 8

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

Singer Jill Scott should be ashamed of herself for rubbing salt into the wounds of tens of thousands of victims of sexual assault by publicly defending Bill Cosb y despite at least 20 allegations of rape and child sexual abuse.

 http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2014/12/08/singers-defense-of-cosby-amid-rape-allegations-outrages-social-media_20141208133537.html   

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MN--Accused priest is deemed not guilty

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 8

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 Twin Cities priest has been found not guilty of sexually exploiting a women who sought counseling from him. We are disappointed in this verdict but proud of and grateful to the brave woman who helped police and prosecutors pursue this important case.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_27092537/maplewood-priest-mark-huberty-acquitted-sexual-misconduct-woman   

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CA--In light of Cosby case, victims of other predators should sue & report

For immediate release: Sunday, Dec. 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)

One clear lesson has already emerged from the roiling Bill Cosby scandal: more child sex abuse victims should take – or at least explore - legal action against their predators, even if the crimes happened decades ago.   

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CA--Cosby files to dismiss suit

For immediate release Friday, December 5

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

We beg Bill Cosby to reverse his decision to get the child sex lawsuit against him tossed out. He should fight the suit using the merits, not by exploiting the technicalities.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/05/bill-cosby-accuser-extort-lawsuit_n_6271658.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment   

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CA--Victims applaud new civil suit vs. Cosby & urge more to sue

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 4

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)

We applaud the brave woman who is suing Bill Cosby for allegedly abusing her decades ago as a child. That takes real courage. We hope other women and girls who were assaulted by this shrewd predator will find ways to seek justice against him.

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/nation_world/article_ed1aa6ce-7b62-11e4-9f94-0fdfff3289be.html   

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WI- Letter calls on Vatican to investigate the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bankruptcy

For immediate release Thursday Dec 4, 2014
Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee), 414-429-7259

An open letter sent by a group of local priest and survivor advocates is calling on the Vatican to investigate the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy. (Letter provided below)

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