Media Statements

MA- Rabbi allegedly used funds to hide affair with teen, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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) 

A Massachusetts rabbi is being investigated for allegedly using funds from congregants to keep his affair with a teenage boy secret. We are deeply disturbed by this news. 

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PA- Victims blast church delays in abuse talks

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

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) 

Shame on church officials for dragging their feet with these negotiations. There's simply no reason it must take this long to resolve credible child sex abuse cases.

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IL- Chicago university insists on hiring sexual harasser

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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)

A Chicago Catholic university is confirming today that it still is hiring the most recent U.S. ambassador to the Vatican despite allegations that he “likely” recently sexually harassed a married couple. This is a stunningly reckless move.

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Rome- Pope moves backwards on abuse

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 2014

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)

In yet another sign that the Vatican is moving backwards on clergy sex crimes and cover ups, Pope Francis is setting up yet another church abuse panel – this one to help hear appeals of accused child molesting clerics.

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CA- Contra Costa officials want review of child abuse reporting law, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 2014

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) 

Contra Costa officials, including the DA and the police chief, want a review of the child abuse reporting law and a possible changing of the law. We are grateful officials not only want a review of this law, but are speaking out publically about it. 

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PA- Priest suspended for child sexual abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 19, 2014

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)

A Pennsylvania priest has been suspended after child sexual abuse allegations surfaced. We are glad action has been taken and law enforcement has been notified, but we are worried there might be other victims suffering in silence and self-blame.

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CA- Sex offenders challenge laws

For immediate release: Friday, May 16 2014

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 group of convicted sex offenders are mounting legal attacks on laws regulating where they can live. We urge caution here and hope that courts rebuff these challenges.

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/sex-offender-suing-city-of-wasco-sex-offender-ordinance-violates-constitutional-rights-051614

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MN- Victim gets threatening letters

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

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

The woman who “outed” a Twin Cities predator priest is getting threatening letters and  prosecutors suspect the cleric is behind them.

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Chile- Priests played role in Chile’s stolen babies

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

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

As recently as 2005, Catholic priests may have helped steal babies.

The church in Chile is under investigation after revelations that priests played a role in stealing babies from unwed mothers. Our hearts ache for the mothers and innocent children that were irreparably hurt by this despicable practice.

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MD- Minister found guilty in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

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 Maryland spiritual figure has been found guilty of all five charges of sexual abuse against children. We are grateful for this verdict and hope he is kept in prison for a long time. 

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PA- SNAP statement today re 8 just "outed" Pittsburgh predatory clerics

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Assistant Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com)

Here's our question today for Bishop Zubik: Why wait? Why not write to every alum of every Pittsburgh Catholic school and beg them to come forward if they were hurt by any priest, nun, brother, seminarian or teacher?

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MO- In just 5 weeks, 8 predatory clerics are exposed

All belong to Marianists, a St. Louis-based Catholic group 

It's the religious order that runs Vianney and Chaminade

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

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 last five weeks (April 3 - May 14), eight Catholic clerics who belong to a St. Louis-based Catholic group have been publicly exposed – for the first time – as credibly accused child molesters.

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