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VA- Richmond pastor owes victims an apology

For immediate release: Thursday, April 3, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

We are grateful that Pastor G will not speak at the Good Friday Cedar Street Church service. Rev. Chandler, however, still owes child sex abuse victims, especially those hurt by Pastor G, a public apology. Inviting an indicted serial child molester to have a place of honor in a church is at best insensitive and at worst intimidating.

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MI- Registered sex offender is made a minor cleric

Victims ask Michigan archbishop for help

Registered sex offender is made a minor cleric

Group wants assurance he is no longer in a position of authority

Also, it wants hierarch to help 'get the word out' about this criminal

SNAP says “Kids may be at risk and adults may be suffering in other communities

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims has written to a Michigan archbishop asking him whether a registered sex offender is serving as one of his subdeacons. Also, they want him to help them make sure the community knows about the man’s record and the possible danger that he poses.  

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, sent a letter earlier today to Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (517-522-4800), the leader of the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). They asked him whether or not Robert A. Mitchell is still serving as a subdeacon. The group also asked the archbishop to help them make sure that the public is made aware that this outwardly pious man is a dangerous predator.  

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LA- Louisiana authorities prodded on old rape allegations

For immediate release: Thursday, April 3 

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 urge Louisiana law enforcement officials to move very quickly to investigate and charge Mack Ford for the horrific crimes reported by Jennifer Halter and others at the New Bethany Home for Girls in Arcadia. We are deeply moved by the suffering and the courage of these brave women. Their concern for others and their own deep pain should prompt speedy and thorough action by police and prosecutors.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/04/to_new_bethany_and_back_one_wo.html  

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CO- Three more victims of Westminster pastor come forward

For immediate release: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Statement by Jeb Barrett, Colorado SNAP Director, SNAPDenver@comcast.net, 720-891-0540

Three more victims of a Westminster pastor, who has already been charged with sexual assault on a child, came forward to authorities.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/westminster/3-additional-young-women-come-forward-as-possible-victims-of-pastor-charged-with-child-sex-assault   

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VA- Indicted child molesting clergyman to speak at VA church

For immediate release: April, 2, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia SNAP Director, SNAPVirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044

The former pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, who has been indicted by the grand jury for sexually assaulting kids, is scheduled to speak on Good Friday at a local Baptist church.

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Ireland- Did Vatican deceive UN panel? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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) 

Irish minister Alan Shatter is seeking clarification from the Vatican for their misleading statements before a United Nations panel about the Magdalene laundries. We are disappointed, but not surprised by both the Vatican’s deception and the nuns' unchanged refusal to help victims. 

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MA- O'Malley calls SNAP “angry & hurt” - SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Statement by Phil Saviano (617-983 5075) of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

In a derisive put-down, Boston's top Catholic official is criticizing the motives of thousands of members of our self-help group. 

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PA- Victims blast Penn State Trustee candidates over Paterno statue

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

We are deeply disappointed that three candidates for the Penn State trustees have expressed a desire to restore Joe Paterno’s legacy. At least one of them -Ricardo Azziz- specifically wants Paterno’s statue put back up. 

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GA- Archbishop offers "weird" apology; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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) 

Gregory's "apology" about his extravagant spending rings hollow.

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IL- Another Belleville predator priest suit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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)

Another person who was sexually assaulted by Belleville's Fr. Robert J. Vonnahmen has filed a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against Catholic officials.

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CA- Records on SD predator priest are released, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 

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

Long secret records about a San Diego predator priest have been released in Minnesota where he molested before he moved to California.

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CT- Priest arrested for sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A Connecticut priest who has been suspended since last year has been arrested for sexual assault. We are glad that this dangerous predator has finally been arrested. 

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