Media Statements

IL--Priest with Chicago-based group is accused of strangling a four month old

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A priest with a Chicago-based group was charged with strangling an infant last week. We urge his church supervisors and colleagues to aggressively help law enforcement investigate and prosecute this cleric and do everything they can to find others who may have information or suspicions about his crimes.

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Australia--Victims urge Pope to suspend Pell

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We renew our plea to Pope Francis: for the safety of kids, suspend Cardinal George Pell, pending the outcome of the police investigation into charges that he may have sexually violated as many as ten youngsters.

We are grateful that the investigation into Pell’s alleged crimes continues. We urge police to move quickly but thoroughly. It’s encouraging that law enforcement officials sent three officers to Rome to question Pell.

Over a year, more than a dozen cops and say they’ve found five or ten alleged victims of Pope Francis’ top aide. That’s pretty credible and serious. Again, for the safety of the vulnerable, the pontiff should temporarily oust Pell.    

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3454307/Cardinal-George-Pell-investigated-child-abuse-allegations.html

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PA--Victims seek Scranton bishop’s help with ex-priest wanting parole

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

A former priest who was convicted of child sex crimes in the Scranton diocese is up for parole. We hope he’s kept in prison. We call on Scranton’s top Catholic official, Bishop Joseph Bambera, to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have information or suspicions about his crimes.

And we hope this news prompts others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police so he might be charged with and convicted on other offenses and be kept away from kids even longer.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ex-brooklyn-priest-sexually-abused-boy-eligible-parole-article-1.2843413

http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20080814/NEWS/308149989

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VA--Minister to hold meeting about “cover up charges”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 For more info: Barbra Graber, SNAP Leader, 540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org

Support group posts info about lawsuit against him

On Wednesday, he will talk about concerns with congregants

A minister who was accused and sued for covering up sexual abuse within his church is reportedly holding a meeting Wednesday with his congregants to discuss the matter. A support group plans to email members of the congregation with information about the accusations.

Rev. Samuel G. Wenger is head pastor at Freedom Fellowship, an independent church he started in Broadway VA after he was denied a vote of affirmation from his congregation at Cornerstone Church also in Broadway.

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NY--Ex-Brooklyn predator priest seeks parole; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

A former Brooklyn priest who was convicted of child sex crimes is up for parole in northeastern Pennsylvania. We hope he’s kept in prison. And we hope this news prompts others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police so he might be charged with and convicted on other offenses and be kept away from kids even longer.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ex-brooklyn-priest-sexually-abused-boy-eligible-parole-article-1.2843413

http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20080814/NEWS/308149989

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OR--Orthodox pastor arrested on a sex charge, victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Orthodox Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A Serbian Orthodox priest was arrested last week on a sex charge and a St. Louis based victims’ group wants church officials to stop some parishioners from rallying around him.

Father Daniel James Mackay, pastor of Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Eugene, was arrested on October 12th on suspicion of purchasing sex with a minor on more than one occasion and also of using the girl to traffic cocaine.

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34890634-75/eugene-priest-arrested-on-charges-of-purchasing-sex-with-juvenile-prostitute-drug-possession.html.csp

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MO--Catholic cleric to plead guilty; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

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

A former Catholic cleric who headed an elementary school here will plead guilty to indecently assaulting two boys at a school in Australia.

Gregory Joseph Sutton, 65, was one of four men police charged earlier this year. He belonged to a Catholic group called the Marists.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/exmarist-brother-gregory-joseph-sutton-to-plead-guilty-to-indecent-assault-20161020-gs6lwh.html

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KS, MO, NJ--Victims want “outreach” about arrested priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A priest faces charges of strangling a four year old in a Kansas City suburb. His church supervisors and colleagues must aggressively reach out to others in KS, MO and NJ who may have seen, suspected or suffered other crimes by the cleric.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Priest-from-NJ-charged-with-choking-baby-in-Kansas-WalMart.html

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WA--Victims want Bellingham principal fired

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Statement by Mary Dispenza, volunteer Seattle director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (425-644-2468, Seattle@SNAPnetwork.org)

Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain should fire a Bellingham principal for deceiving parents – in at least two ways - about a sex offender at a Catholic elementary school.http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article108369317.html

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USA--New report says groping rarely prosecuted; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

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

Today's New York Times reports that unwanted sexual groping is rarely addressed through criminal cases or civil lawsuits. This must change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/us/politics/donald-trump-has-been-accused-of-groping-but-what-does-the-law-say.html?mtrref=query.nytimes.com&gwh=11AE7D42E71CF1969A5598D094A0681A&gwt=payd

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PA--Victims group backs ex-Penn State coach

For immediate release, October 17, 2016

Statement of David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We hope ex-Penn State coach Mike McQueary wins his civil lawsuit against university officials. Those who report child sex crimes - known or suspected - should be praised, not punished.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,  bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

 

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MO--Head of National Guard program should be fired, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

The head of the Missouri National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention program should be fired for saying that assault reports by Donald Trump's alleged victims "bore" her.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-trump-s-sexual-assault-talk-bores-missouri-guard-s/article_38a5f81d-adc8-58e8-aea5-f2b2dd77fab2.html

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