Media Statements

NY- Men to rank NY private schools on safety; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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) 

We applaud these compassionate men of the Horace Mann Action Coalition who are devising a system of rating New York private schools on how they handle child sex crimes.

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OK- Victims applaud prosecutors for appealing child sex case

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Assistant Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com) 

We are grateful that McAlester prosecutors are appealing the recent dismissal of a child sex abuse case involving a Jehovah's Witness elder (Ronald Lawrence) who is accused of molesting three girls.

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IL- Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

For more information: Barbara Blaine, SNAP Founder and President (
312)399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com and David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

He was publicly exposed two weeks ago for first time

Sex abuse victims seek help from Cardinal George

Group blasts “bare minimum” approach by Catholic officials

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CA- Jehovah's Witness sentenced for child sex crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 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 a Jehovah's Witness elder will spend time in prison and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Now, JW officials and congregants must aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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   

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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  

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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   

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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.

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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.

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