For immediate release: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
For more information, contact David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abuse victim discloses settlement with Sioux City Diocese
He's glad church officials have been responsive to his pain
But he’s still pushing for more openness in the Church
Survivor also vows to continue “to find and help others in pain”
Twenty years after he first reported his childhood sexual abuse to Sioux City Catholic officials, a San Francisco man has received a settlement for the injuries he suffered at the hands of a now deceased priest.
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
Penn State’s decision to honor Joe Paterno is stunningly callous. It shows that the joy of alums matters more than the pain of victims.
We will likely never know, really, how much or how little Paterno knew or suspected, if anything, about Sandusky’s horrific crimes. Had he lived, Paterno might have been completely exonerated. Or, conceivably, he might have been convicted and jailed.
But based on decades of research, here’s what we DO know: One four women on campus were sexually violated as youngsters. One in eight men on campus were too. These stats hold true nationwide.
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home,email@example.com
Our hearts ache for the dozens and dozens of girls and boys who were assaulted at St. George’s school for decades and for the dozens and dozens of adults who were deceived and betrayed and re-victimized by secretive, self-serving school staff who chose to put their careers and reputations above the safety of kids, the healing of victims and the prevention of crimes.
We hope this report prods Rhode Island lawmakers to reform the state’s archaic child safety laws, especially the arbitrary, unfair and predator-friendly statute of limitations.
For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an act of stunning recklessness and callousness, Santa Rosa’s top Catholic official is letting a disgraced bishop minister in the Napa Valley despite his reportedly committing sexual misdeeds and concealing child sex crimes.
Bishop Robert Vasa says he has “no concerns” about Archbishop John Nienstedt, who left Minnesota after he resigned and left Michigan after more parishioner outrage there.
For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)
We are grateful that an abuse case against a prominent Chicago Muslim cleric has been resolved. But now is not the time for complacency. It’s time for every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Mohammad Abdullah Saleem – or cover ups by or at the Institute for Islamic Education – to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids. If he committed other crimes, he should be prosecuted for them too.
For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016
For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, email@example.com
Judge rules against victims support group
In an unusual civil lawsuit filed by a Catholic priest who has been accused and arrested for reportedly molesting two youngsters, a federal judge on Monday ordered serious sanctions against a support group.
Seeking money damages, Fr. Joseph Jiang is suing two police officers, the city prosecutor, the mom of an alleged child sex abuse victim and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). The priest is seeking some SNAP emails and records that include the identities of and information about his alleged child sex abuse victims and others.
But SNAP hasn’t turned over those documents, saying that information about the alleged victims and others is deemed confidential under a Missouri law that safeguards those who say they’ve been raped.
“Giving an alleged child molester private information about alleged victims will scare others from coming forward to police, prosecutors, therapists and support groups like ours and others,” said SNAP Executive Director David Clohessy.
For immediate release, Friday, August 19, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy, Director, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) 314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
San Antonio's archbishop is letting a priest who was suspended for sexual misconduct quietly work in his archdiocese. He should reverse this reckless decision.
Last year, Fr. Marco Mercado was stopped from working in the Chicago archdiocese because of "an inappropriate adult relationship." These are the words used by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. Note he didn't say "ALLEGED relationship." Nor did he say "one time incident." http://www.archchicago.org/
This was, we strongly suspect, a repeated series of selfish, hurtful violations of a vulnerable young person, one who was likely taught since birth to revere and trust priests. And every sexual contact between a Catholic cleric and a Catholic parishioner is, by definition, improper and unhealthy, in part because of the huge power differential between the two.
Cupich and San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller are doing what bishops have done for decades: splitting hairs and making excuses instead of protecting parishioners.