Media Statements

PA--Victims applaud “huge win” in Penn State whistleblower case

For immediate release, December 1, 2016

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

We’re thrilled that jurors sided with ex-Penn State coach Mike McQueary who reported child sex crimes by Jerry Sandusky. We suspect that many across the US who’ve kept silent about suspected sexual violence are now sweating a bit. We hope that many of them will realize “better late than never,” bite the bullet, and call 911 in the days ahead to share what they know or suspect about likely crimes so kids will be safer.

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-award-for-penn-state-whistleblower-in-sandusky-scandal-rises-to-12-million-2016-11

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FL--Victims respond to alleged arson in Tampa

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Shame on both the person who allegedly torched a Tampa area home and on Matthew Smith who reportedly often “posts memes mocking sex assault accusations” against Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner.

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/florida-veteran-seeks-donations-after-home-set-on-fire-and-tagged-with-anti-trump-slogans/

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PA--Victims respond to “self-serving” abuse apology

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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)

Today, the former head of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocese has written another page in his long, shrewd and depressingly semi-successful campaign to pose as a “reformer” on the church abuse and cover up crisis with his self-serving apology to a brave abuse survivor.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/11/30/Cardinal-Wuerl-apologizes-to-Pittsburgh-victim-of-abuse-by-priest/stories/201611220160

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KY--Victims applaud conviction of KY predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Victims group applauds conviction of predator priest

For 30 years, cleric headed a camp for children in Kentucky

SNAP: “We suspect there are other witnesses, whistleblowers & victims

Staying “trapped in silence” helps no one, victims say, & “endangers kids,” group stresses

Others who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse” should “come forward” with info, victims plead

A Louisville priest who was accused of molesting two children and spent 30 years running a camp for kids has been found guilty in his first trial.  He still awaits a second trial by a second alleged victim after the judge ruled to split the cases, even though both men say they were abused at the same camp. A support group for victims is praising those who helped prosecute the priest and begging others who “may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes or church cover ups” to come forward.

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IL--Victims blast Hastert over pension

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

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

We are sad but not surprised that Dennis Hastert is trying to get even richer. We hope he fails in his latest legal maneuver. http://www.fox5ny.com/news/220261923-story

http://www.wjbdradio.com/local-news/2016/11/28/imprisoned-dennis-hastert-fights-for-tax-covered-pension

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NY--Group blasts Albany bishop over hunger strike

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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 are sad but not surprised that Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger refuses to meet with two women who say they were abused by Catholic employees. More and more, bishops are acting like they acted before the church’s abuse and cover up crisis erupted in 2002 – as untouchable potentates, rather than as caring shepherds.

http://news10.com/2016/11/28/women-claiming-to-be-sexually-abused-holding-hunger-strike-against-albany-diocese/

http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/women-who-claim-to-have-been-victims-of-sex-abuse-by-catholic-priests-begin-hunger-strike

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FL--Victims blast new Tampa/St. Pete Catholic bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 28, 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 are disappointed that Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee has been promoted to head Florida's second-largest market as the fifth bishop of St Petersburg. We disapprove of his handling of a 2013 predator priest case and see no signs that might indicate that he be any better than his predecessor in dealing with the church’s continuing child sex abuse and cover up crisis.

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Vatican--Two controversial prelates are “demoted;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 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)

Pope Francis is not re-appointing two controversial, highly visible prelates to a global church panel. We’re glad this is happening even though we likely disagree with the pontiff for the reasons.

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-confirms-removal-burke-pell-worship-congregation

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TX--Survivors call for full disclosue from Cardinal DiNardo

We are members of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are working hard to heal from trauma, and we want to reach others who have been similarly victimized but remain trapped in secrecy, silence and shame. A first step in healing is to ensure that the cycle of violence stops with us. We don't want to see anyone suffer as we have.

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TX--Houston-Galveston survivors say "Please Help Us Protect Kids"

Please help us protect kids! 

WHO WE ARE

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Thank you for reading this flier.

WHY WE’RE HERE
We want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, and expose the truth about clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes. Specifically, we want Cardinal DiNardo to ensure transparency of child sexual abuse and cover ups in his archdiocese.

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TN-- Victims want Mid-South preacher fired

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Victims want minister ousted

He admits not calling police in alleged abuse case

Still, he’s now with a regional Baptist group in TN

“This just encourages others to stay silent about abuse,” group says

Instead, SNAP wants church officials to “punish him and deter cover ups”

That’s how wrongdoing will be discouraged & victim will heal, support group maintains

A support group wants a Mid-South church organization to oust a Baptist minister who admits he didn’t call police when alleged child sex crimes were reported to him.

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TN--Predator priest passes, bishop is silent; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 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)

Lexington Catholic officials are being callous and secretive about the death of a predator priest. We hope they will reverse course and tell the public about his passing. And we hope his death will prompt others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes – or crimes by other clerics- to come forward.

Fr. John B. Modica passed away a year ago. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nky/obituary.aspx?pid=176300773

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