Media Statements

OH- Dayton pastor wants suspended sentence for child molester, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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 Dayton pastor has failed in his bid to persuade an Iowa judge to avoid jailing a child molester. We're glad the pastor lost and think he should be ashamed for his effort.

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IA- Des Moines church must do more about molester

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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're glad McKelvey is going to prison. Now the focus shifts to his church colleagues. They must take aggressive steps to find and help others who may have been hurt by this predator. And they must turn over to law enforcement the names of any current or former church staff or members who may have seen or suspected or concealed McKelvey's crimes. 

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WA- Victims group discloses predator priests

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014

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

Today, we are disclosing – for the first time in the Seattle area, we believe - the names of three credibly accused predator priests who worked in this archdiocese. 

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Rome- Victims blast Australian Cardinal for “blame shifting”

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

When confronted with tough questions about why they endanger kids and protect predators, many Catholic officials often sadly follow a predictable pattern. First, they blame their underlings. And if that doesn't work, they blame their superiors. 

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NC- Church group responsible for “suspicious activity”, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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)

An Asheville Baptist church is behind reports of “suspicious activity” directed at teenage girls. SNAP calls on church officials to use common sense and better train their volunteers on how to interact with kids.

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Vatican- Pope's abuse panel based on deception, SNAP says

For immediate release: Saturday, March 22, 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)

Eight people have been appointed to a papal abuse study panel. This panel is based on a deceptive premise. It perpetuates the self-serving myth that Catholic officials need more information about abuse and cover ups. They don't. They need courage. They know what's right. They simply refuse to do what's right. The reason: because they are monarchs who can do whatever they like, and they like their power and the status quo more than anything else. 

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GA- Victims blast Atlanta Catholic officials for spending

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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)

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is spending millions on renovating clergy housing. We believe this excessive spending could have been used for better purposes. 

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IN- Child abusing pastor wants a reduced sentence, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 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)

A former Hammond Baptist pastor wants his child sex abuse sentence tossed out on legal technicalities. We hope the judge sees through this farce and upholds his sentence. 

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NY- Charges dropped in clergy sex case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 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)

Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of violating a clergy sex abuse victim's privacy. We hope that police and prosecutors will now work even harder to nail the correct offender.

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CA- Youth pastor pleads not guilty to child porn, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 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)

An Oakdale youth pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges of downloading child pornography. We hope that justice will be served in this case. 

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UK- New Catholic archbishop of Liverpool is named, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 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're somewhat optimistic that Bishop Malcolm McMahon will be a positive force of change for the Catholic Church. 

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PA- Victims blast Catholic healing mass

For immediate release: Friday, March 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) 

Philly archdiocesan officials have scheduled a “healing mass” for tomorrow at Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. 

At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark.

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