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GA--Bishop apologizes; survivors respond

For immediate release Thursday, March 30, 2017 

Statement by Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

While we are grateful that Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer has apologized for pain caused by clergy who allegedly sexually assaulted children, we are concerned that the bishop’s words do not match his actions.

http://wsav.com/2017/03/29/bishop-apologizes-to-sexual-abuse-victims-in-special-service/      

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MI -- Obwaka rape case goes to trial: SNAP responds

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, SNAP Volunteer Board Member (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

No one is immune from sexual assault, even clergymen.

A 28-year-old priest with the Diocese of Gaylord testified recently that another priest, Father Sylvestre Obwaka, raped him.  The unnamed clergyman had known Obwaka since he was a teen, and had a “working relationship” with him. The case is going to trial, despite the fact that both priests had been drinking together. Obwaka’s defense attorney says that both of the men were adults and the sex was consensual . The next court date is scheduled for Monday, March 20th.

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