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MN--Bail is $1 million for predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

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)

Bail has been set at $1 million for a twice-accused predator priest. For the safety of kids, we hope he stays behind bars until trial. And we hope others will call Roseau County law enforcement agencies now if they have any inklings or information about Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul’s crimes.   

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MN--Predator priest returned to MN

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

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

Now that Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul is back in Minnesota to face criminal charges, much remains to be done.

Each person who has even a tiny bit of information or suspicion about him must “fish or cut bait.” They must become mature, responsible adults, get over their fears, open their mouths and contact law enforcement, so that justice can be done and so that children can be protected.   

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CA--Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

All adults abused in a religious setting, as child or adult, are welcome

Special outreach to 34 survivors who are part of Stockton Diocese bankruptcy

SNAP hopes meeting will “help heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable

An international self-help organization for men and women who were molested by religious figures will hold its first confidential support group meeting in Stockton on Saturday, November 22nd from 1-3 pm at the Troke Branch Library at 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton.  Those who suffered institutional abuse and their families and supporters welcome. But the meeting is not open to the public.   

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IL- Archbishop Cupich sermon highlighting victim outreach

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Talking about abuse doesn't prevent abuse. Acknowledging the obvious isn’t progress. Neither are vague pledges. Only decisive action prevents abuse.

We'll know Archbishop Cupich is serious about safeguarding kids when he orders all pastors to list all predators in all parish bulletins and posts on his archdiocesan website the whereabouts of at least the living predator priests. And we’ll know he’s serious when he defrocks, demotes, disciplines or denounces several of the current archdiocesan staff who have hidden clergy sex crimes.

The Cardinal, His Men and the McCormack Legacy

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MN--Minnesota predator priest is returned to US

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A decade after the first allegations against him surfaced, a Catholic priest, has finally been brought back to the US where he faces criminal child sex abuse charges.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/jeyapaul-extradited  

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NY--NFL teams help to hide domestic abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

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

NFL coaches and staff do with domestic violence what Catholic bishops do with child sex crimes – try very hard to handle crime quietly and “in house” without involving law enforcement. That’s what a new, two-part series by the New York Time shows. And that’s shameful.

It’s outrageous that Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis meet with an abusive player and his wife. A football coach! What on earth makes him qualified to interfere in a criminal matter or counsel a married couple?  

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MN--MN predator priest is charged in WI

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We are grateful that a Minnesota predator priest now faces more child sex charges in Wisconsin. This is important because child molesting clerics often get great defense lawyers who exploit legal technicalities. They often end up with few or no consequences and soon walk free and hurt more children.   

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WA--Clergy abuse victim pens memoir

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Seattle clergy sex abuse victim publishes memoir

Support group says “honest, searing book” can help with healing

A Seattle woman has published a memoir about her childhood abuse by a priest, her adult years as a nun, her recovery and her advocacy for others who have been victimized.  And she will read from it at a “book launch celebration” this Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the University Book Store in Bellevue.

Mary Dispenza wrote “SPLIT: Child, A Priest and the Catholic Church,” in part about the suffering she endured when she was repeatedly molested, starting at age seven, by Fr. George Neville Rucker of the Los Angeles archdiocese. For years, she repressed the memories of that trauma.

A decade ago, as an adult, she sued Catholic officials as one of some 550 victims hurt by Los Angeles priests. It became the largest-ever settlement ever involving the Catholic church, totaling $660 million.

Now, Dispenza is the Seattle area leader of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Rucker is accused of molesting almost 40 youngsters.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/09_10/2008_09_05_SNAP_LegalManeuvers.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_12_02_Spano_SheCant.htm

 

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WA--Accused priest is saying mass, victims say

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Robert Fontana 509 731 6012, roblori.fontana@gmail.com

Sex abuse victims challenge bishop

Accused priest is reportedly saying masses

He had photos of young naked boys on his computer

In sharply worded letter, group blasts “reckless” approach

SNAP: Cleric had a “desk job” but is now “among suspecting families”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Yakima’s Catholic bishop to prevent a stop a priest who is reportedly saying mass and be more “open” about his wrongdoing.

Fr. Darell Mitchell has been seen performing mass recently, with altar boys, and teaching adults at St. Paul Cathedral. He also heads Calvary Cemetery.    

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OH--Toledo bishop must do more re just-ousted priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

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

Toledo’s top Catholic official has suspended a priest who reportedly sexually exploited adults. But that’s not enough.

Nowhere in Bishop Daniel E. Thomas’ announcement about Fr. David A. Reinhart does the bishop even mention that others with information or suspicions about Fr. Reinhart’s misconduct should step forward.      

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MO- Pope’s top US aide addresses Finn on 60 Minutes

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 14

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

There’s more talk about the possible ouster of embattled KC Bishop Robert Finn. But it’s only talk. And it’s a distraction that buttresses an already unhealthy complacency in the church.

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CA--Victims blast LAUSD for "horrific tactics" in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 13

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

It’s disgusting that a lawyer for the LA Unified School District blames a 14 year old for the child sex crimes of a teacher. And it’s disgusting that California law apparently allows this.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/13/48034/lausd-argued-middle-schooler-can-consent-to-sex-wi/   

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