Media Statements

Rome- Victims blast Polish priest who defends JPII on Maciel

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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) 

Canonizing Pope John Paul II is an extraordinarily hurtful move. Now, the pain is being made worse by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, who insists that the now-deceased pope had “no personal involvement” in the horrific, decades-long Fr. Marcial Maciel scandal. 

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WA- Yakima Catholic bishop "splits hairs"

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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) 

Yakima's Catholic bishop is  desperately trying to evade responsibility for a child molesting cleric by stressing that the cleric's crimes happened during guitar lessons that weren't "church-sanctioned." That is disgusting hair-splitting. Deacon Aaron Ramirez would likely never have been trusted by this boy or his parents had Yakima's bishop not irresponsibly held Ramirez out to be a holy, celibate man when he clearly wasn't. 

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IL- 2nd man reports abuse by Fr. O'Connell

I knew Father Mike O’Connell, but I didn't know he was a priest because of all the steroids at a gym where I was a member.

 

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MO- SNAP says Carlson violates privacy of Fr. Jiang's second victim

For immediate release: Monday, April 21, 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 members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we help anyone who was hurt in any institutional setting.

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MO- Victims blast archbishop for his claims re 2nd victim's family

For immediate release: Friday, April 18

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

Our deepest sympathies go out to both families whose children have been sexually violated by Fr. Joseph Jiang.

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MO- Fr. Jiang arrested for second time

For immediate release: Friday, April 18

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)

Fr. Joseph Jiang has been arrested for a second time on child sex charges against a second victim. Our hearts ache for this family and for every family that has been hurt by this cunning predator and by his Catholic supervisors – especially Archbishop Robert Carlson – who repeatedly refuse to take simple steps to protect innocent children from child molesting clerics. 

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HI- Victims want 2 investigation re Hawaii/Florida predator

For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014 

For more info: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com, Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com 

Victims seek two investigations

Long time Hawaii predator abused several foster kids

SNAP: "Catholic Charities and state agency should take action”

They gave him "unfettered access to vulnerable boys," group says

One key individual won promotions & is now a supervisor at state bureaucracy

A support group for sex abuse victims is urging Catholic Charities and Hawaii state officials and to investigate how a predator was able to foster children.

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KY- Predator may do 15 years in prison

For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 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 grateful that Schook has been sentenced to 15 years. We hope he'll soon be locked up for a long time because that's the best way to safeguard kids.

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CA- X-Men director sued for sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

A Hollywood director is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager. We are glad that this brave victim is being given a voice. 

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KY- Louisville priest found guilty of abusing at least two boys

For immediate release: 4/16

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 grateful that James Schook, a former priest, has been found guilty of sexually abusing at least two boys. However, we are worried that he may receive a light sentence.

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OH- Victims applaud Cuyahoga prosecutors

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 16 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 Cleveland prosecutor is asking that a priest, Fr. James McGonegal, be denied entry into an alternate sentence program. We applaud this move. Citizens are safest when predators are locked up.

http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/04/cleveland_priest_should_not_re.html

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MN- Victims blast neighbors of cult leader

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 16, 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 very upset at those in Pine County Minnesota who suspected wrongdoing at Victor A. Barnard's compound but kept silent about it. We call on each and every one of them who saw or heard or experienced unusual behavior there to contact law enforcement officials immediately.

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