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VA- Minister guilty of abuse should be locked up for long time

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

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

We urge a Virginia judge to give the maximum sentence to a minister who was just found guilty of child sex crimes. Kids are safest when child molesters are imprisoned. It’s not about punishment, it’s about prevention. It’s not about vengeance, it’s about prudence.

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NY- Victims blast judge over sentence for predatory priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

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

We are shocked that a New York judge is giving a dreadfully light sentence to a Catholic priest who pled guilty of child sex crimes. Kids are safest when child molesters are imprisoned. It’s not about punishment, it’s about prevention.

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SD- Victims urge church officials to help with new abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

A former Lutheran minister in South Dakota is facing criminal charges of molesting a girl. Now, Lutheran officials have a duty to help police and prosecutors with this case and aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the clergyman.

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NJ- Priest abuse trial starts; Victims urge others to speak up

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those abused by Priests  (732 632 7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A Catholic priest is facing criminal charges of molesting a New Jersey mom and her kids. We applaud this brave woman for cooperating with police and prosecutors. And we applaud law enforcement officials for investigating and pursuing this case.

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MN- Victims call on University to release full report

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

St. Thomas University officials claim they’re blameless in the case of Fr. Michael Keating. No one should believe them until they release the full report of their so-called “investigation.” Even then, people should be skeptical.

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MN- Crookston bishop hid predator priest for a decade

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

Newly released records show that Crookston's bishop kept silent about a credibly accused and suspended predator priest in Winona for at least a decade.

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MI- Credibly accused priest won’t be charged, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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

A credibly accused Michigan priest will not be charged for his crimes due to archaic statute of limitation laws. We are disappointed by this and hope church officials will remove him to a remote and secure treatment facility.

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MN- Teacher being held on sex charge

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

A female Catholic teacher is being held on a charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

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MN- Bishop blasted for 'premature' & 'secretive' move

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

It's interesting to note that Winona bishop John Michael Quinn says he plans to seek Chapter 11 protection even before a single trial or settlement or verdict happens, based just on his fears.

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PR- At least 17 Puerto Rico priests being investigated

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

Authorities say that they are investigating at least 17 Puerto Rico priests for alleged child sex crimes. We hope anyone who has suffered child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Puerto Rico finds the courage to speak up.

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MN- Winona diocese on brink of bankruptcy, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Diocese of Winona may declare bankruptcy, according to documents released today.

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NJ- Priest steps down after revelations of sexual abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

A New Jersey Catholic priest has stepped down while officials investigate allegations of sexual abuse. He should have been suspended. And Newark church officials should disclose exactly when the abuse report was made and where the priest is now.

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