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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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MD- Victims applaud arrest of church deacon

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

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

A Maryland man who is a church deacon has been arrested for the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. We urge church officials to seek out other possible victims.

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GA- Lawmakers may change child sex law

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)

Georgia lawmakers may lengthen the time child sex abuse victims can take legal actions against the adults who molested them. We hope this bill (H.B. 771) passes. It's not perfect but it will make kids safer.

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Italy- Victims demand bishop’s resignation

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)

An Italian bishop secretly defrocked an abusive priest and victims are now calling for his resignation. We support this call.

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South Africa- Survivors group praises decisive action of law enforcement

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)

Police in Pretoria acted decisively when they arrested a local priest for acting inappropriately with a child. 

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MO- SNAP urges caution on Catholic petition drive

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 18

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

Missouri's Catholic bishops are trying to get more tax breaks through a petition-gathering drive about schools. Citizens should think long and hard before signing.

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PA- “Healing is secondary,” victims say to Penn State president

For immediate release: Monday evening, Feb. 17, 2014

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

Already there's talk of Penn State's new president wanting or helping to “heal” the university. That's misguided. 

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MN- Victims challenge Twin Cities bishops

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

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

Victims challenge Twin Cities bishops 

They ousted predator priest 7-11 weeks ago

Despite promising “openness,” they told no one

He was publicly exposed yesterday for first time 

And he still lives - apparently unsupervised – in the Twin Cities

Self help group blasts “continuing reckless & secrecy” of two bishops

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PA- New Penn State president wants to go slow on Paterno; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 17, 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

It's politically smart for the new Penn State university president to beg for patience in dealing with the legacy of Joe Paterno.

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NJ- Another Catholic bishop spends a fortune on his home

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 17

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

Shame on Archbishop John Myers. Despite claims that he's imitating Christ, Myers is spending an exorbitant amount for his own comfort, status and worldly prestige.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/newark_archbishops_future_retirement_home_valued_at_800g_undergoing_a_500g_addition.html

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SD- SNAP urges lawmakers to reject SB 130

For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 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)

A South Dakota legislative panel will vote tomorrow on a measure that moves the state backwards and endangers kids.

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