Media Statements

NY--Victims blast Brooklyn bishop's "healing mass"

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Brooklyn diocesan officials have scheduled a “healing mass” for abuse victims. At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark. (See details below.)   

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Canada--Victims praise Canadian lawmakers & urge more reforms

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

Two more Canadian provinces have reformed archaic and arbitrary laws that protect child predators. We applaud these moves and urge lawmakers to go further.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/sex-abuse-lawsuits-ontario-nova-scotia-735695  

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OR--Victims blast Oregon bishop in lawsuit

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

A Catholic priest has lost his wrongful dismissal case against his bishop. This outcome helps explain why Catholic officials continue to endanger kids, move predators, and conceal evidence in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. 

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3033912-151/state-rejects-bend-ex-priests-employment-claim   

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PA--Special Penn State board meeting set

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

The board of Penn State will hold a litigation-related special meeting this Thursday. We hope it will be a step towards closure for those who were assaulted as kids by Jerry Sandusky and for other rape and child sex abuse victims who are hurt each time Penn State backers and officials try to publicly defend school officials accused of ignoring Sandusky’s crimes.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/board-of-trustees-to-hold-special-meeting-on-thursday-to-discuss-pending-litigation,1463491/    

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MN--Crookston bishop ignores two predators

For immediate release: Monday, April 6, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Verne Wagner 218-340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com

Victims blast Crookston bishop

He’s hiding the name of two predators

One is a now-defrocked priest who was convicted of child porn

The other admitted sexual misdeeds & was sent to Twin Cities

But neither were mentioned when diocese released accused priests   

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AZ--Child sex victims blast judge

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Child sex victims blast judge

Pedophile is accused of abusing two girls

One is his own daughter; They’re 7 & 8 years old

This week, he will question both of them in court

Group deplores the move & urges judge to “reconsider”

   

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TX--Baptist Home abuse case moves ahead

For immediate release: Friday, April 3

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

We are grateful that the Waxahachie Police Department was making a grand jury referral for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and injury to a child in a case involving the Texas Baptist Home for Children. We hope others who may have seen, suspected or suffered abuse or cover ups by Home officials will call police and prosecutors immediately.

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/02/foster-care-child-abuse-case-headed-to-grand-jury/70864558/?showmenu=true   

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PA--Paterno statue at Penn State destroyed?

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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

The Joe Paterno statute at Penn State has been destroyed, according to the OnwardState blog. They cite four sources for the claim. It could be an April Fool’s prank but doesn’t seem to be.

If this is true, we applaud this move and wish university officials would have disclosed this fact sooner. Controversy over the monument only re-victimizes already wounded and still suffering child sex abuse victims.

http://onwardstate.com/2015/04/01/april-fools-university-source-joe-paterno-statue-melted-down-for-rodney-a-erickson-food-science-building/   

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Rome--SNAP to Chilean priests & lawmaker: “Keep fighting”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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

The controversial promotion of a new Chilean bishop isn’t “the same old, same old.” It’s worse. So we call on the dozens of Chilean priests and the 50 Chilean lawmakers who opposed this move to keep on fighting. And we call on Pope Francis to explain his hurtful decision.  

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Brazil--Abuse victims blast Brazilian Catholic group

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 1

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

A controversial and archconservative Catholic group says it will grow in Brazil. We hope it doesn’t. And we urge citizens and Catholics to steer clear of this secretive and problematic group.

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2015/03/30/rogue-catholic-bishops-plan-to-grow-schismatic-challenge-to-rome/  

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IN--Victims blast Indiana RFRA law & others that block child sex suits

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

 

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

 

The dispute over RFRA laws – in Indiana and elsewhere – involves more than adults with differing beliefs. It also involves innocent young kids and wounded adult victims who suffer when claims of “religious freedom” are used to protect clerics who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes. 

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SC--Victims blast Bob Jones University over rape

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31

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

Our hearts ache for the brave women and men who have been betrayed three times by Bob Jones officials who take few or no real steps to prevent rape, re-victimize rape victims who find the courage to report these heinous crimes, and now refuse to adopt recommendations to reform the school’s oppressive and hurtful practices around sexual violence.

(See new America Aljazeera story on The Abuse Tracker)  

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