Media Statements

MI- Priest being investigated for inappropriate touching, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 06, 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 Michigan area priest is being investigated after allegations of inappropriate contact with students. We are glad these brave victims have spoken up. 

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Geneva- Vatican pretends crisis is over

For immediate release: Monday, May 05, 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 top Vatican official is deliberately misleading Catholic citizens and a United Nations panel about current clergy sex crimes and cover ups. 

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CA- Predator priest on the job in Pope's archdiocese

For immediate release: Monday, May 5, 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)

Nowhere are kids more at risk of sexual violence than in the developing world. That's why it's so immoral when predator priests are sent there from the developed world by callous Catholic supervisors. 

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Rome- Papal abuse committee meets for first time

For immediate release: Saturday May 3, 2014

Statement by: Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In a church with thousands of rules, no new rules are needed to fire officials who enable child sex crimes. Every single catholic prelate on earth has plenty of power, right now, to demote, discipline, denounce, and defrock, clerics who conceal crimes.  

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Ireland- Prolific predator released from prison, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 2014

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

One of the most dangerous predator priests in history has been released from prison early. We are deeply upset about his release and hope Catholic officials will do all they can to alert unsuspecting parents that he is free.

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National- Clergy victims 'mixed' about politicians on campus rape

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 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 glad that Washington politicians are dealing with sexual violence on campuses and in the military. (And we are deeply impressed by and grateful for the brave victims who are fighting hard to prevent more sexual violence in these two arenas.) At the same time, however, we are sad that Washington politicians have largely ignored clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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SNAP statement to UN Committee Against Torture

For immediate release: Friday, May 2, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747, Rome hotel- +39 06 598591; SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

First, we humbly ask that you keep in mind that we are convinced that hundreds of innocent children and vulnerable adults are being sexually violated, tortured and assaulted - right now, today - by Catholic clerics.

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MN- More allegations vs. MN predatory priest

For immediate release: Thursday, May 1 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're saddened but not surprised that Fr. Mark Huberty has apparently assaulted more parishioners. Predators rarely strike once.


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

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IL- Release of Joliet predator priest records, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 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)

People often ask why we are here today. We are here because once again brave survivors have put aside their pain, put away their desire for privacy and stepped forward to protect children and reach out to others who have been hurt. They have had the wisdom to work with civil authorities and the persistence to demand the release of these documents which we believe will not only detail horrific abuse but will also reveal what church officials have done to enable, shield and protect these predators. 

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HI- Victims glad for extension to SOL, but more action is needed

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 8627688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

Yesterday Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill that would give child sex victims more time to expose predators and seek justice in civil courts. They also approved legislation giving prosecutors unlimited time to file criminal charges against child predators. We applaud this action. 

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IL- Pastor on leave during investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 8627688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

An Illinois pastor is on leave during an investigation into his conduct. We are glad he has stepped aside and hope that the investigation is thorough and any relevant findings are turned over to secular authorities.  

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Rome- New Vatican panel must hold hearings and denounce bishops

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747, Rome hotel- +39 06 598591; SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

If Pope Francis' new abuse study panel is to be effective and seem credible, it must act quickly. After all, Catholic officials have dealt with clergy sexual violence privately for centuries and publicly for decades, yet painfully little reform has happened or is happening. And clergy sex crimes and cover ups keep happening while predator priests are being protected, moved and kept on the job.

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