Media Statements

IN--Victims push Indiana archbishop to act on abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29

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 Catholic employee has been arrested for alleged child sex abuse and Indianapolis’ archbishop must do more to help law enforcement prosecute him.

http://fox59.com/2015/07/28/pastoral-associate-at-indianapolis-catholic-church-arrested-on-child-molestation-charges/

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NE--Victims push Lincoln bishop to act on 3 accused clerics

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29

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

A Catholic cleric who spent time in Nebraska is being publicly accused for the first time of molesting a child. Two other Catholic clerics, who also worked in Nebraska, are being accused as well.

http://www.startribune.com/crosiers-sued-for-negligence-amid-sex-abuse-claims/318911901/   

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ID--Victims applaud new legal avenue for abused kids

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 28

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

We admire Matt Morgan of Idaho Falls for having the strength to seek and win justice using a little-known legal approach. It takes real courage to confront child molesters in court and to open doors for other survivors of horrific childhood trauma.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/07/27/3911880_idaho-falls-man-uses-new-legal.html?rh=1    

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DC--Victims urge action on predator priest who worked in DC

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 28

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)

Newly-released information shows that a credibly accused serial predator priest headed a DC area HIV/AIDS non-profit before he quietly passed away a few years ago.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Nickel_James_R_sscc.htm    

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PA--Ex-Pittsburgh cleric sentenced for abuse

For immediate release: Friday, July 24

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com)

A Catholic cleric who abused in Pittsburgh has been sentenced for other child sex crimes in Australia. Now, Pittsburgh church officials should insist that his religious order publicly disclose other child molesting clerics. And they should do more to find and help others he’s hurt.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/catholic-brother-bernard-hartman-jailed-for-three-years-over-sex-attacks-on-children-in-1970s-and-1980s/story-fni0fee2-1227455355954   

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Mo--Cleric spent time in MO sentenced for child sex crimes

For more information:  David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Convicted cleric is sentenced tomorrow

He was in St. Louis a few years ago, SNAP says

He’s the first US abusive cleric sent back to Australia

In April, he pled guilty to repeatedly abusing two girls

A month later, he was found guilty of also molesting a boy

He’s part of controversial St. Louis-based Catholic religious order

It runs two high profile schools in the county and one in the city   

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MI--Victims blast Adrian College over new case

For immediate release: Thursday, July 23

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

We’re glad that a sexual harassment case against an Adrian College professor is moving ahead but deeply disturbed that school administrators are again embroiled in a scandal involving a staff member. For years, we have prodded Adrian officials about an admitted predator who is still teaching at the college.  

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Canada--Convicted Orthodox archbishop released from prison

For immediate release:  Thursday, July 23, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, 925-708-6175), Cappy Larson of San Francisco, California, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP (cappy@rlarson.com, 415-637-2006); David Clohessy of St. Louis, Missouri, Executive Director of SNAP (davidgclohessy@gmail.com, 314-566-9790)

Victims want abusive bishop defrocked

He’s been released early from Canadian prison

SNAP to hierarchs: “Tell public where the molester is now”

Group begs officials to limit his access to kids and parishes

“You have a moral duty to disclose and warn families at risk,” victims say

A Canadian archbishop convicted of child sexual abuse has been released from prison early. A support group for victims wants church officials to defrock him, warn families about him and keep him away from parishes.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Archbishop-Storheim-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-altar-boy-241849391.html   

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MO--Church blasted for hosting ex-House speaker

For immediate release: Thrsday, July 23, 2015

For more information:

David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell,  davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Victims blast Arnold church

Ex-House speaker will talk there

Controversial politician pled guilty to assault

A controversial former lawmaker who pled guilty to assault will speak at an Arnold church and an abuse victims’ group is protesting the event.   

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OH--Abuse victims blast Canton-based church group

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23

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

Officials at a Canton-based church group apparently erased the name of one of their treasurers after he was arrested in Indianapolis for paying for sex with a prostitute and intimidating her.

According to the Indianapolis Star, “In a biography that has since been deleted from the group’s website, “John Robert Fiers, 53, Indianapolis, was “credited as a founding member and the treasurer-general” of the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches (330 354 5963).  

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MO--Victims respond to “bizarre” priest conspiracy lawsuit

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 21

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)

Being falsely accused of child sex crimes must be terrible. But there’s something worse: being sexually victimized as child and watching your mom and dad suffer because Catholic officials attack your parents in court.   

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PA--Predator bishop is back on the job; Victims object

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Statement from Cappy Larson, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

For more information: Cappy Larson (cappy@rlarson.com415-637-2006); David Clohessy, SNAP Director (davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790)

“Predator” bishop still on the job

Deemed guilty by colleagues, he’s now in a parish

His superiors claims “we haven’t put him to work there”

But controversial cleric is listed on PA church’s website

SNAP sends harsh message to hierarchs now meeting in Atlanta

“Block this dangerous, deceptive and callous move,” group pleads

A Chicago bishop found guilty of sexual misconduct and forced him to retire by his colleagues is now in charge of a western Pennsylvania parish and a support group for victims wants him ousted

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-ousted-orthodox-bishop-parish-priest-met-20150716-story.html   

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