Media Statements

FL- “Troubled” by new Miami bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

The Vatican has tapped a cleric from a scandal-ridden archdiocese to be an auxiliary bishop of Miami. 

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Ireland- SNAP applauds Irish court for siding with victim

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A high court in Ireland has ordered that a Christian Brothers congregation pay the highest settlement to a child sexual abuse victim in Irish history. 

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SD- Victims applaud legislative panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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

Yesterday, a South Dakota legislative panel rejected changes in the state's child safety laws.

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MN- Catholic officials under-report abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

A lengthy new Minnesota Public Radio investigation reveals that St. Paul/Minneapolis Catholic officials have long under-reported the number of predator priests in the Twin Cities area.

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CA- Victims settle with LA Archdiocese, victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are proud of these brave victims who came forward to seek justice for their abuse and accountability for the fraudulent cover-up of abuse by Archdiocesan officials like Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. These tenacious men and women are the reason that the public is learning just how horrible the scope and scale of the abuse and cover-up have been in Los Angeles.

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Ireland- Magdalene laundries survivors asked to sign waivers, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Irish government has sent a letter to survivors asking them to sign a waiver to receive their lump sum reparations.

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IL- Three more predator priest lawsuits; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Three more child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits have been filed against the Chicago archdiocese because of the heinous crimes of Fr. Daniel McCormack.

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NY- Sex abuse victims blast cardinal

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

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

Sex abuse victims blast NY Cardinal

His latest blog is “preposterous” they say

Dolan claims he may soon get “negative publicity” 

But the files he fears have been sealed by a judge

And in civil cases, he claims law enforcement will see records

SNAP “He's either dreadfully ill-informed or he's being deceptive”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, calling him "deceptive and self-absorbed” and accusing him of “attacking real victims and their advocates while posturing as a victim himself.”

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VA- Campus sex crimes at conservative college exposed

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A lengthy and very disturbing investigation has been done into campus sex crimes at Patrick Henry College.

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CA- More LA predator priest cases settled; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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)

More clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against the scandal-ridden Los Angeles Catholic diocese will be disclosed tomorrow. 

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TN- Baptist youth minister charged with murdering fiancée, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 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 Springfield, TN youth minister has been charged with the murder of his 21 year old fiancée. This is an extremely troubling case. 

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CA- SNAP commends police on quick and decisive action

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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

We commend the Ceres police for their quick and decisive action in the recently revealed case of a local youth minister who was found to have child pornography on his computer.  

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