Media Statements

ND--Predator priest from ND passes away

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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

Predator priest from ND passes away

Victims urge Catholic bishops to “do outreach

“Others may be suffering in shame and silence,” SNAP says

Attorney believes he may have assaulted at  least 100 children

A credibly accused child molesting Catholic priest from North Dakota has passed away and a support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging two bishops to “aggressively reach out” to others he may have hurt.

Last week, Catholic officials at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville Minnesota announced that Fr. Richard Eckroth has died.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/30/st-johns-abbey-priest-accused-of-child-sexual-abuse-dies/

 

 

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AUSTRALIA - Cardinal Pell threatens to sue brave survivor and outspoken advocate

For immediate release Monday, June 1, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We should be grateful, at some level, that the planet’s second most powerful Catholic prelate is threatening legal action against victim of two predator priests.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32955014

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IL- A letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

SNAP believes the indictment of ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert can be “a watershed moment” for those molested by teachers, coaches and Scout leaders and “a real chance to prod hundreds who are trapped in hopelessness and depression to get help, prevent abuse and expose wrongdoers.”

SNAP held a press event on Monday, June 1 2015 In front of the Illinois Attorney General’s office calling on three institutions to create dedicated hotlines for adults who were abused in any school, Scouting or athletic program to report the crimes, regardless of when they happened, and to provide information and resources to help those victims.

The following letter has been mailed and hand delivered to the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

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MO-- KC Catholic official lies about lawsuit, SNAP says

For immediate release: Sunday, May 31

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

The Kansas City Archdiocese’s school superintendent claims she hasn’t read a copy of a lawsuit against her that was filed at least two weeks ago. We think she’s lying.

http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article22711563.html

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IL- SNAP urges five steps in Dennis Hastert controversy

For immediate release Saturday May 30, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We’re here today to plead with a number of individuals and institutions to take action about Dennis Hastert.

But first, we want to say THANK YOU to the brave victims of Hastert who are cooperating with law enforcement. In child sex cases, when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers stay silent – everyone suffers, except of course those who commit or conceal these heinous crimes. But when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers speak up, call police, help prosecutors, file lawsuits and expose wrongdoers, wrongdoing is prevented and kids are spared.

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IN--Group warns: Praising Hastert may silence other victims

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

I was abused in high school by a popular teacher, Thomas Hodgman (who teaches now at Adrian College in Michigan).

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2005_05_20_Erb_AdrianCollege.htm

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IL--Group urges outreach to other Hastert victims

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

Let's not sugar-coat what former House speaker Dennis Hastert did. If it involves a student, it was sexual abuse. It wasn't "a relationship." It wasn't "misconduct." It was a hurtful and illegal abuse of power by an influential, popular teacher over a vulnerable youngster.   

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TX--Accused Notre Dame predator priest still on the job; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

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

Catholic officials are putting innocent children at risk by keeping an accused predator priest on the job even though he was sued for child sex abuse more last week ago.

We demand that staff at Notre Dame, the Ft. Wayne diocese and the San Antonio diocese suspend him immediately. They are acting recklessly and callously and are breaking the US bishops’ child sex abuse policy.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/breaking-notre-dame-priest-and-professor-named-in-texas-sexual-assult-lawsuit/33232748

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TX--Dallas church apologizes to wife of sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 29

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

An officials at a large Dallas church says he’ll apologize on Sunday to a woman whose mistreatment by church officials has generated a firestorm of protest. We’re not impressed by the pastor’s promises.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.village.church.on.karen.hinkley.we.believe.we.owe.her.an.apology/54932.htm

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POLAND/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- Polish official visits Dominican Republic to discuss alleged sex crimes by Archbishop Józef Wesołowski

For immediate release: Friday, May 29, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747,  bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

 

We are grateful that a Polish official has gone to the Dominican Republic to discuss alleged child sex crimes by Polish Catholic clerics. We hope the trip results in secular criminal charges against one cleric and more charges against the other.

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/208518,Attorney-General-in-Dominican-Republic-over-child-abuse-cases

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MO--Protestant whistleblower quits at college; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

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 Bible college professor has quit his job over a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. It’s heart-breaking.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/vocal-critic-of-florissant-church-out-of-job-at-local/article_ca3b8ec9-0513-57e5-b52a-0830f75be53e.html

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OH--Priest helps sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

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 are grateful that Nordonia Hills school board president James Virost resigned today and we hope that Fr. Ralph Wiatrowsky of St. Barnabas will soon be disciplined. Both men wrote a judge essentially urging a lighter sentence for a convicted child sex offender (former Nordonia Hills school board President Steve Bittel). They should be ashamed of themselves.

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/summit-county/2015/05/26/nordonia-hills-school-board-president-resigns/27949369/ 

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