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CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond

For immediate release: Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (
Eric Ruske, who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women, is performing tonight with the Boulder Philharmonic, not the Boulder Symphony. SNAP regrets the error and apologizes to the Boulder Symphony for the confusion.
Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (, Joelle Casteix (, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,
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NY--Victims to Cuomo: NY can follow Hawaii’s successful lead with Child Victims Act

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

New York Governor Cuomo is making a bold and victim-friendly move by adding the Child Victim’s Act to his agenda. We applaud him for making child safety a priority—by helping victims in both private and public institutions.
In 2014, the State of Hawaii extended their 2-year civil window for victims of child sexual abuse. Their original window, enacted in 2012, only applied to victims who had been sexually abused in private institutions. The two-year extension broadened the law and allowed survivors who had been abused in public and private schools and institutions to use the civil justice system to expose their abuser. 
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