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 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
For immediate release: Friday, November 13, 2015
For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, email@example.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006, firstname.lastname@example.org), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.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.
For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Statement by Karen Polesir of Ambler, SNAP leader (267-992-9463, firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Pennsylvania officials should revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree and apologize for not doing so sooner.
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.
For immediate release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
For more information: Barbara Blaine,email@example.com, (312) 399-4747, Kate Bochte, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-768-1860, David Clohessy, email@example.com,314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003
Victims to archbishop: “Make your staff see new film”
“Stop promoting complacency, start urging vigilance,” SNAP says
A victims group says Chicago’s top Catholic official should make every parish and chancery employee go see a new film about the child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church.
The highly acclaimed movie, Spotlight, opens in Chicago this Friday. It’s about how newspaper reporters uncovered decades of complicity in clergy sex crimes in the Boston archdiocese.
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing Archbishop Blasé Cupich about the film. Officials at the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops have also written public relations advice to every diocese about the movie.