Media Statements

MO--Victims respond to damning KC police misconduct

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Corrupt and callous Kansas City cops must be fired and prosecuted for putting suffering children through even more suffering by ignoring or concealing known or suspected crimes.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/documents-reveal-%E2%80%98gross-negligence%E2%80%99-in-kc-child-sex-and-abuse-cases/ar-BBwcxAR

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ME--In new lawsuit, man reports abuse by 2 priests

For immediate release: Friday, September 16, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com

A convicted murderer who says his crime stemmed, in part, from being sexually abused as a boy by priests is filing a civil lawsuit charging that two clerics assaulted him.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/15/prison-inmate-sues-catholic-bishop-over-abuse/

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IA--Abuse victim discloses settlement with Sioux City Diocese

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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

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.

 

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PA--Victims blast Penn State for honoring Paterno

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.

 

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RI--Report on abuse/cover up at RI school; Victims respond

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,davidgclohessy@gmail.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.

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Vatican--Pope promotes prelate who makes stupid claim about abuse

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, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Pope Francis has promoted Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana who, just three years ago, claimed that there were few child molesting clerics in Africa because they didn’t tolerate gay people there.

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/12/meet-the-man-who-could-be-the-first-black-pope/ 

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CA--Victims want Santa Rosa bishop to oust his disgraced colleague

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 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

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.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6019758-181/napa-county-now-home-for

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.

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NH--Group praises victim who’s revealing her identity in NH case

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 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud the courage and compassion of Chessy Prout, the brave victim of a sexual assault at St. Paul’s school in Concord by Owen Labrie, who is revealing her identity today. Her bravery will inspire others who have been abused or raped. And we are confident that it will also help her heal.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/st-paul-school-sexual-assault-000000514.html

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IL--Accused imam gets probation; Victims respond

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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-elgin-imam-sex-abuse-plea-met-20160825-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-elgin-imam-sex-abuse-case-met-20160822-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-muslim-religious-leader-faces-sexualabuse-charge-20150217-story.html   

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MO--Judge rules against victims support group

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.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.

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IL--Accused imam in court today; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 22, 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 may soon get 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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-elgin-imam-sex-abuse-case-met-20160822-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-muslim-religious-leader-faces-sexualabuse-charge-20150217-story.html   

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TX--Archbishop lets suspended priest work again

For immediate release, Friday, August 19, 2016

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

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.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Popular--390635601.html

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. 

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