Media Statements

National- “More of the same” at national church abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 14, 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)

Three new people (from Ohio, Minnesota and Indiana) have been put on the US bishops sex abuse panel. All are Catholic. All have close ties to Catholic schools or universities. None, as best we can tell, show any signs of real courage or independence.

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MD- Sovereign Grace Ministries abuse trial, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 14, 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 impressed by and grateful for the courage of every victim and witness who testified in the child sex abuse trail against a former member of the Covenant Life Church, Nathaniel Morales. It takes real strength and bravery to take the witness stand in open court against a charming and charismatic spiritual figure.

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MI- Letter to Dept. of Education re Thomas Hodgman

May 14, 2014

James Moore, Compliance Manager
Administrative Actions and Appeals Group (Clery),
U. S. Department of Education
Union Center Plaza
830 1st Street, NE room 72 J1
Washington, DC 20202

Dear Mr. Moore, 

We are members of a self-help support group called SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the innocent. That’s why we’re asking for your help.  

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Puerto Rico- Priest faces federal child sex abuse charges, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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

A Puerto Rican priest was arrested on federal sexual abuse charges involving children. We are grateful that law enforcement officials are taking serious action to protect children. 

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MT- “Bar date” set for clergy sex abuse victims, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 13, 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 judge in Montana has set a “bar date” for clergy sex abuse victims. They have until August to report their crimes and potentially be part of a settlement. 

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WA- Victims blast ex Catholic panel members & archbishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 13, 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 retired judge and ex-U.S. attorney are blasting Seattle's Catholic archbishop for being secretive and deceitful about predator priests. 

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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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