Media Statements

NJ- Victims blast Newark pastor

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A Newark Catholic pastor is telling his flock that “the media is our devil." We believe Fr. Peter Palmisano should be disciplined for this hurtful remark.

Read more
5 reactions Share

TX- Prosecutor blasts ex-priest for alleged dishonesty; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2013

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

In a shocking display of bias, a Catholic prosecutor has impugned a man's honesty because he left the priesthood.

Read more
2 reactions Share

Canada- Ministers: We were deceived by backers of convicted archbishop

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2014

For more info: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, Cappy Larson cappy@rlarson.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Ministers say they were "deceived"

Fundraiser for convicted predator won't happen in Ottawa 

He was Orthodox Church’s highest ranking cleric in Canada

But in Jan a judge found archbishop guilty of sexually assaulting a boy

Victims’ group calls for investigation into "hurtful & disturbing situation"

SNAP: “Discipline church officials who participated in this callous effort”

Read more
2 reactions Share

NJ- Victims urge Catholics to donate MORE but not to church

For immediate release: Sunday, March 2, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP(732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

Outraged at their archbishop, many Newark Catholics apparently are withholding their donations.

We are grateful that so many parishioners want to show their disapproval of Archbishop John Myers for his financial and sexual abuse scandals.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/archbishops_pricey_retirement_home_spurs_backlash_as_parishioners_withhold_donations.html   

Read more
Add your reaction Share

PA- Jehovah Witness predator escapes consequences

For immediate release: Saturday, March 1, 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 are grateful that an Oklahoma prosecutor plans to appeal a devastating ruling that lets a Jehovah's Witness elder escape consequences for his heinous child sex crimes by exploiting a legal technicality.

http://m.mcalesternews.com/mcalester/pm_113000/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=xXt2Ng1I  

Read more
4 reactions Share

IL- Another Catholic whistleblower sues Chicago school

For immediate release: Saturday, March 1, 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 second teacher at a Catholic high school is suing because he says he was fired for reporting suspected child sex crimes.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/25909542-418/suit-hales-franciscan-teacher-fired-for-reporting-abuse-allegations.html   

Read more
Add your reaction Share

GA- Bill will extend SOL for child sex abuse, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, February 28, 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)

A proposed bill in George would extend the statute of limitation for child sex crimes 7 years. This is a step in the right direction, but stronger action is needed.

Read more
2 reactions Share

IL- Conservative Christian allegedly didn't report child abuse

For immediate release: Friday, February 28, 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)

A conservative Christian official from Illinois is on administrative leave following allegations that he sexually harassed women and didn't report suspected child abuse.

Read more
1 reaction Share

CA- Victims praise Rick Warren/OC bishop event

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 

For more info: Joelle Casteix 949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com,
David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims praise Rick Warren/OC bishop event

Daylong seminar to address mental health issues

Education is an important first step, group says

SNAP: “But firing wrong-doers as important as therapy”

Read more
1 reaction Share

IL- University piano quartet is criticized

For immediate release:  Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

University piano quartet is criticized

Group was to help convicted child molester

Professors had planned to perform at fundraiser

It's unclear whether event has been postponed or cancelled

School official claims he "cannot forbid our faculty from performing"

Read more
1 reaction Share

Canada- Ottawa parish responded quickly to victims’ request for help

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

For more info: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Ottawa parish responded quickly to victims’ request for help

Fundraiser for convicted archbishop cancelled or postponed 

He was brought to trial last year, accused of molesting 11 year old twin boys

SNAP: “We fear concert is merely postponed, so we hope the other groups we contacted will also step up to the plate"

"Public support for proven molesters is wrong because it deters victims of other child sex crimes from speaking up,” victims say

Read more
1 reaction Share

TN- Victims blast Nashville Catholic officials

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Statement by Susan Vance of Knoxville, leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (865-927-2923, vancefamily1@comcast.net) 

Yesterday, when confronted by a TV reporter, Nashville Catholic officials admitted receiving a report of child sex crimes by a priest that they had kept secret for years. Shame on them.

Read more
1 reaction Share