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IL--Peoria bishop ousts predator priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

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

Statement by Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

We are saddened that Peoria’s bishop says nothing about calling the police about a child sex abuse report against one of his priests.

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Vatican--Accused abusive bishop walking free in the Vatican?

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

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

A credibly accused predator prelate walks free now in Rome, according to the BBC. We join with staff at BishopAccountability.org in questioning how top Catholic officials can apparently be so reckless.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/statements/2015_08_24_Doyle_Wesolowski_Reportedly_Free_in_Vatican_City.htm

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2015/08/150811_republica_dominicana_wesolowski_nuncio_vaticano_juicio_mes_sin_fecha_lv

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MN--Victims disappointed in judge’s ruling in clergy case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Kids are safer every time information about those who commit or conceal child sex crimes is made public. So we’re disappointed in Judge Shaun Floerke ruling that limits disclosures about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Duluth in a civil lawsuit.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3825189-judge-denies-broad-access-church-abuse-documents

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MO--Three new stories show women sometimes abuse too

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

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 woman in St. Louis is charged with sexually abusing an infant. A woman from Park Hills is charged with promoting under-aged prostitution. A woman in New York is charged with promoting prostitution through a website called RentBoy.com

Today, these three stories appear in just two news sources: the Post-Dispatch and the New York Times.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/lemay-woman-sexually-abused-child-while-boyfriend-videotaped-crimes-police/article_e0344732-0270-568a-8484-a22718f30328.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-couple-charged-with-luring-girls-into-prostitution/article_0660574f-a763-576a-acf7-730ed659855a.html

 

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TX--Houston predator priest ordered to pay $5 million

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

A judge has awarded $5 million to a brave victim of a Houston predator priest. We hope this victim’s courage will inspire others who are in pain because of child molesting clerics to step forward, seek justice, expose predators and protect kids. And we hope it will prod Catholics in Beaumont and Yakima to urge their bishops to do more to supervise the serial pedophile.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/crime-and-justice/322723751.html

http://www.kapptv.com/article/2015/aug/24/multi-million-dollar-award-issued-yakima-sexual-ab/

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Bishops in DC, VA & MD must act re admitted predator

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

We doubt Fr. Espinoza was ever on the Arlington bishop's payroll. But we know seven things.

First, he admitted raping a teenager.

Second, he was around kids in the DC area (including in the Arlington diocese).

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FL--Victims urge toughest sentence for minister

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

We hope youth pastor Jeffery London is given the toughest sentence possible today. And the minute he’s sentenced, we hope that Miami area church officials and charter school officials start working hard to find others London has hurt.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-sentenced-20150825-story.html

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WA--Victims applaud $5 million judgment vs. predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

We are glad that a judge has awarded a brave victim of a Yakima predator priest a $5 million judgment. We hope this victim’s courage will inspire others who are in pain because of child molesting clerics to step forward, seek justice, expose predators and protect kids.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/crime-and-justice/322723751.html

http://www.kapptv.com/article/2015/aug/24/multi-million-dollar-award-issued-yakima-sexual-ab/

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CA--Group applauds LAUSD abuse victims

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, volunteer Western Regional Director, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com
 
We applaud the tenacity of the students and their families. Because they spoke up and refused to be silenced, they accomplished what the LAUSD refused to do: make LA’s public schools safer for vulnerable students.
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Victims applaud minister's sentence but urge more action

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

We’re grateful that Rev. Gregory Ivan Hawkins has gotten a tough sentence. Now, however, others at Zion Plaza Church and Zion Child Care& Learning Center must launch an aggressive outreach campaign to find and help others who are in pain because of Rev. Hawkins’ crimes.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/tulsa-pastor-sentenced-to-seven-life-sentences-for-sexually-abusing/article_7d82ce2b-31f8-5e3e-8a39-2093f1a3e87d.html

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AUSTRALIA - Damning evidence of church/police corruption, and popes, including Francis, neglecting duty of care

For immediate release Monday, August 24, 2015

Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, SNAP Australia, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (nicky@nickydavis.com.au 0422 538 440).

Evidence today at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson delivered admissions of high level Catholic Church collusion with a former NSW police commissioner, which resulted in priests being above the law; and callous neglect of child safety by senior Vatican officials, including all recent popes.

Survivors are stunned that any Bishop, even a terminally ill one, would reveal some of the truth that most church officials work so hard to conceal.

Among Bishops Robinson’s revelations are:

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Australia--Victims praise bishop for “rare honesty”

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

Finally, a Catholic bishop tells the truth: Pope Francis isn’t showing real leadership on abuse and Cardinal George Pell took action on abuse only because a secular official threatened him.

Retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson made this brave observation and this disappointing disclosure in testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/some-popes-gave-out-the-wrong-message-retired-bishop-tells-sex-abuse-inquiry-20150823-gj61dm.html

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