Media Statements

Nationwide--Victims blast military abuse secrecy

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

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

A troubling new investigation into sexual violence in the military shows a disturbing rate of child sex crimes and secrecy. We desperately hope that Congress and other governmental officials will step up efforts to protect children from military offenders and will hold hearings soon to devise ways to make our armed forces safer from predators and more transparent about their cases.

Governmental officials must be more open about sexual violence in the military. It’s just that simple. Otherwise, the safety of children and adults will be jeopardized. And public support for the armed services will be hurt.

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MN--Victims blast Duluth bishop over “continued secrecy”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

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

Shame on Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba and his public relations staff. Yesterday, they made one of the least compassionate and helpful statements we’ve ever seen from Catholic officials.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3884112-duluth-bishops-were-warned-about-sex-abuse-documents-show

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USA--Victims back government inquiry into child sex crimes & cover ups

For immediate release: Monday, November 16, 2015

Statement by Kevin Flood of Washington DC, SNAP spokesman (Horizons3@verizon.net)

Along with other groups, we in SNAP today are pushing for a governmental investigation into child sex crimes and cover ups, like Australian officials are doing and officials in other nations have done.

http://sol-reform.com/National_Commission_Sexual_Abuse_Children/

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DE--Victims want long prison term for priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

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

We are grateful that a Delaware priest who did prison time for sexually assaulting young men pled guilty today to child porn charges. Though some news accounts refer to him as an “ex-priest,” we’re not sure this is the case. He may not have been defrocked, though he has almost certainly been suspended.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/16/ex-priest-pleads-guilty-producing-child-porn/75864894/

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MD--US bishops meet; despite papal pledges, they don’t discuss abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

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

There’s irony and tragedy today as the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops holds its annual meeting in Baltimore.

It’s ironic because, today, a former Washington DC priest who’d already served prison time for assaulting young men pled guilty to child pornography.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/16/ex-priest-pleads-guilty-producing-child-porn/75864894/

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NM--Victims want predator priest cases to move ahead

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

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

Several victims of New Mexico predator priests want their cases to go to trial. We hope they succeed in their effort for justice, prevention and healing.

Gallup Independent

When Catholic bishops take advantage of bankruptcy laws, it stops nearly all litigation. This is hurtful, reckless and unjust. A number of adults who were victimized as kids in the Gallup diocese are asking a judge to let their clergy sex abuse and cover ups cases to proceed toward trial.

It’s bad enough to be sexually violated by a predator priest and betrayed by a callous bishop. But to then be denied your day in court because Catholic officials are exploiting Chapter 11 laws to keep a tight lid on their complicity is yet another layer of harm.

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NJ--Victims blast decision on accused predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

Three priests have ‘cleared’ a fellow priest of sexually abusing a child. What a sham.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/church_tribunal_clears_priest_of_70s-era_sex_abuse.html

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MI--Another Detroit predator priest is “outed” for first time

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

In what may be the most terse and least compassionate church announcement of this sort we’ve ever seen, Detroit Catholic officials admit that a local priest is “credibly accused” of child sex crimes. Shame on Archbishop Allen Vigneron for his self-serving statement about Fr. Thomas J. Cain.

http://www.aod.org/our-archdiocese/newsroom/news-releases/2014/october/regarding-fr-thomas-j-cain/

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Canada--Keep convicted archbishop out of US churches, group begs

For immediate release:  Friday, November 13, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Victims want defrocked cleric supervised & kept off church payrolls

As archbishop, he was the highest ranking Orthodox cleric in Canada

But he was found guilty of abusing a young boy in his care & went to prison

He’s been demoted to “monk,” but could still be employed in local parishes

SNAP to OCA bishops: “Warn your flock about him & promise you won’t hire him”

A victims’ group is urging Orthodox officials to make sure that an ex-archbishop who was convicted of molesting a child will not ever work in a North American church again.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to the synod of bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the head of a Canadian monastery begging them to apply the denomination’s guidelines on sex offenders to Seraphim Storheim.  

SNAP believes that an accountability plan should be in place for the former archbishop both at his monastery and at any OCA parish that he visits.

http://oca.org/PDF/sexual-misconduct/2014-04-reg-sex-offender-parish-guide.pdf

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PA--Univ. of Penn should rescind Bill Cosby honor, victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Statement by Karen Polesir of Ambler, SNAP leader (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

University of Pennsylvania officials should revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree and apologize for not doing so sooner.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/11/10/penn-revoke-bill-cosby-honorary-degree/

It’s bogus for them to claim “We haven’t ever revoked a degree before.” First, that’s not true (as Philly Magazine’s Monica Weymouth has pointed out). Second, it’s irrelevant. The university has probably never before honored a prominent entertainer who later was accused of raping, drugging and abusing dozens of women.

By refusing to take action, school officials are making it harder for current victims of campus sex crimes to report their experiences. And they’re rubbing salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of dozens of already-hurt students and alums.

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IL--Victims want college to remove Hastert honor

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2015

Statement by Kate Bochte of Geneva, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net

We call on board members at Northern Illinois University to follow the lead of officials at Kendall County, Oswego Village and the Yorkville Wrestling Club and remove any and all honors given to an admitted criminal, ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert.

http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/11/09/hasterts-legacy-a-black-eye/a6tyq8y/?page=1

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2015/11/03/will-dennis-hastert-keep-his-honorary-niu-doctorate/amqz8j7/

 

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WI--Victims ask WI archbishop to help re: “self-circumcised” predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

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

An ex-seminarian who reportedly tried to circumcise himself and was arrested in Wisconsin now admits he recently molested kids. We urge Milwaukee Catholic officials to publicize the abuser’s admission and aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes in Wisconsin.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/oct/26/coeur-dalene-man-jailed-on-1-million-bond-suspecte/

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