Media Statements

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

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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.

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SC- Victims prod Bob Jones University to act now

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 

For more information contact Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director (314) 862-7688 home, (314)503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com, and David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com 

Victims prod Bob Jones University

Don't wait for report, act now,” they say 

Group wants school to post predators' names 

SNAP: Thirty Catholic bishops have done this

It's the least the school can do to protect others,” victims say

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MN- Archbishop's deposition set but SNAP predicts it won't happen

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 27

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)

Two top St. Paul archdiocesan officials will supposedly be deposed next month about clergy sex crimes and cover ups, but we doubt that will actually happen.

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Canada- Victims blast fundraiser for convicted archbishop

For immediate release:  Thursday, February 27, 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)

Victims seek help from church and university

A fundraiser is set for convicted archbishop

He was accused of molesting 11 year old twin boys

Group wants officials to denounce the event

SNAP: “Public support for proven molesters is wrong”
“It deters victims of other child sex crimes from speaking up,” they say

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IL- Commune accused of "rampant child sex abuse," SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 27, 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)

New lawsuit in Chicago accuses a Christian commune of covering up “rampant” child sexual abuse. 

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MS- Victims applaud abuse seminar, but urge more action

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

For more information: Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Leader (281)748-4050,  spacecitysnap@gmail.com and David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell,
SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims applaud abuse seminar

But they urge use of "outside experts"

Church protected predator just two years ago

Aggressive outreach to find victims, witnesses vital to child safety

Convicted minister may have more victims, they fear

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TN- Just 'outed' predator priest worked in Nashville

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 

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

Pedophile priest worked in Nashville 

He was publicly exposed last week for first time

Sex abuse victims seek help from Tennessee bishop

Group blasts “bare minimum” approach by Catholic officials

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MO- high court won't review "awful" clergy sex ruling

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Victims blast justices for not taking abuse case

Missouri's highest court refuses to hear appeal

Employers of child molesters “get off the hook,” SNAP says

Lower court rulings are “a horrific injustice,” group maintains

SNAP: “When priests abuse 'off premises,' Catholic officials exploit technicality”

For now, Missouri's highest court will not consider overturning a lower court ruling that tossed out a clergy sex abuse case against Catholic officials because a priest's alleged crimes did not happen on church property. 

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Australia- Victims demand Pell's return for questioning

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003 SNAPdorris@gmail.com  

Pope Francis has the right to promote any prelate he likes and to insist that he "start work as soon as possible" in Rome. 

But citizens and Catholics have rights too. They have a right, through their governmental representatives, to question an alleged wrongdoer.

So we call on Pope Francis to reassure Australians today that Cardinal George Pell will be compelled to return to take questions by any panel that is investigating the church's on-going complicity in abuse cases in Australia. That is the least Pope Francis can do, given the great harm that has been done, the suffering that remains and the questions that still need answers.  

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SC- Bob Jones reverses themselves and allow GRACE to complete report

For immediate release Tuesday, February 25

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)

We are grateful that Bob Jones university officials have reversed themselves and will let GRACE complete its report about campus sex crimes.

Still, we're troubled by the school's recent, sudden and unilateral move to cancel the report. We can't help but be worried about university officials' motives and whether they are trying - or may still try - to influence the report itself.  

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TN- Abuse victims blast Baptist official for "abuse" remarks

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 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 top Southern Baptist official, Richard Land, says that gay couples who use surrogates to have children are essentially committing child abuse. 

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