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MN--Predator priest passes away

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

We are glad that a predator priest has passed away and can no longer hurt kids. We’re glad too that his victims can hopefully sleep better at night knowing that he can’t assault any more children.

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2015/05/28/monk-repeatedly-accused-sex-abuse-dies-abbey/28082411/

http://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/news/obituary-fr-richard-william-eckroth-osb/   

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MI--Predator priest is indicted; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 28

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

An already convicted and imprisoned serial predator priest is being indicted today in Michigan on more child sex charges. (He pled not guilty.) This should happen more often.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is filing more child sex charges against James Francis Rapp who allegedly molested kids at Jackson Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson in the 1980s.

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AR-- Duggar sued state abuse agency; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

It’s time for the Duggar family to break their silence about admitted child sex crimes by one of their own, especially in light of new revelations that they sued an Arkansas child safety agency. And it’s time for an independent law enforcement investigation into this serious matter.

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/duggar-molestation-case-another-bombshell-revealed-josh-sued-the-arkansas-department-of-human-services-59201

http://www.people.com/article/19-kids-counting-cancelation-jim-bob-michelle-duggar-josh-duggar-molestation-reports

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NY--Report on abuse/cover up at Horace Mann in NY; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

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

We’re very grateful to the Horace Mann alums and victims who have painstakingly and courageously put this report together. Kids are safer because of their courage and hard work.

But of course Horace Mann officials, not Horace Mann victims, should have shown this courage and done this hard work. Tragically, they refused. They also refused to cooperate with this investigation in any way.

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TX--Notre Dame priest accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27

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

Notre Dame officials should immediately suspend a priest on their faculty who is accused of child sex crimes. They, along with San Antonio Catholic officials, should aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the cleric or cover ups by his church supervisors.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/breaking-notre-dame-priest-and-professor-named-in-texas-sexual-assult-lawsuit/33232748

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AR--Victims back Arkansas police in Duggar case

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26

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 male Arkansas politician claims a female police chief should be fired for releasing a police report about alleged child sex crimes by prominent conservative activist Josh Duggar.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/26/bart-hester-arkansas-lawmaker-wants-police-chief-f/

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NM--Gallup diocese sells land for victims’ settlements; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26
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 glad that Gallup Catholic officials are moving toward resolving dozens of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases by selling mostly vacant property. This proves what we’ve long said: that Catholic officials have far more wealth than they admit and can do right by suffering victims if only they’ll put forth some effort.
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PA--Victims blast proposed state Paterno bridge honor

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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 are deeply disappointed that a Pennsylvania politician wants to honor Joe Paterno by re-naming a bridge after him. This is a very insensitive and harmful idea.

http://www.phillyvoice.com/pa-lawmaker-rename-bridge-after-paterno/

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Switzerland--More than 150 Swiss priests accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 26

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

Over the past five years, only about 20 criminal cases have been opened against Swiss Catholic priests and monks for sexual abuse in Switzerland since, despite church officials admitting 172 alleged offenders.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/catholic-sex-scandal_few-priests-prosecuted-for-sexual-abuse/41451682

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AR--Huckabee defends sex offender; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for defending Josh Duggar by attacking those who report on his admitted abuse and using inflammatory words like “bloodlust.”

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MN--Notorious Indian priest pleads guilty of child sex crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday May 22

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

Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - who worked in two Minnesota dioceses: St. Paul and Crookston - has pled guilty to child sex crimes. We’re glad that it’s now crystal clear to virtually everyone that he’s a dangerous man who should be kept away from kids.

But we’re deeply worried that he may soon be free and will likely be around unsuspecting families and assault more children. (He has yet to be sentenced.) And if that happens, the blame can squarely be put on US and Indian Catholic officials who have acted irresponsibly from the outset in this terrible case.

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OH--Toledo priest suspended; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti, SNAPtoledo@aol.com419 345 9291

For more than two weeks, Toledo Catholic officials kept silent about an allegation of misconduct involving a child. Even now, they refuse to give any details that might be helpful to parents, parishioners, police, prosecutors or the public. Shame on them.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2015/05/22/2nd-Catholic-priest-in-Toledo-faces-misconduct-allegations.html

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