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WI- Victims say bankruptcy plan is “breath-takingly selfish”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 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 Milwaukee archdiocesan Chapter 11 maneuver today is breath-taking in its callousness, selfishness and arrogance. 

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IA- Youth pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse charge, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 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)

A former youth pastor from Des Moines has entered a guilty plea under charges that he sexually molested 2 teenage girls. Now, officials at Heritage Assembly of God church must mount a serious outreach effort to find others he may have hurt.

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OH- Judge puts predator in prison

For immediate release Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Priest who worked in Ohio goes to prison for abuse

Over nearly half century, he was transferred 30 times

Group urges Catholic officials in ten dioceses to “reach out to other victims”

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SC- Victims blast Bob Jones University for decision

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 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)

A Christian university has fired a group it hired to investigate campus sexual abuse reports. 

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CA- Two sexual abuse cases settled in CA diocese, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12 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)

Two of three child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against the San Bernardino Diocese have been settled for $3.8 million. The third case is still going through the trial process. 

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MN- Civil lawyers can question McDonough but police can't? SNAP comments

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12

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

We're glad two top Catholic officials will be deposed about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. But there's something wrong when police cannot question them but civil lawyers can.

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MN- Catholic officials to face tough questions & give records, judge rules

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We're grateful that a judge today ordered St. Paul Catholic officials to be deposed and turn over records about clerics who commit or conceal heinous crimes against kids. 

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MO- High profile pedophile priest trial delayed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12 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)

Yesterday afternoon, St. Louis City Judge Phil Heagney delayed the high profile child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson and Fr. Joseph D. Ross (whose whereabouts are allegedly unknown).

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CA- Predator priest files will be kept closed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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 Monterey Catholic Diocese has succeeded, at least temporarily, in keeping documents about a predator priest sealed. 

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SNAP urges Senate action on rapes in military

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 10, 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)

As early as tomorrow morning, the US Senate may vote on a measure to combat rape in the military. We urge them to back the toughest measure possible. We especially commend New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her work on this crucial issue. 

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OH- Predator priest to be sentenced

For immediate release Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For more information contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Predator priest to be sentenced

He was found guilty & worked in 8 states

Courtroom may be filled with his supporters

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FL- Abuse victims plead with Southern Baptists

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Amy Smith of Houston, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, spacecitysnap@gmail.com) 

Abuse victims plead with Southern Baptists 

They beg church officials: “Don't appeal jury verdict”

Florida Baptist Convention should “accept justice,” they say

Appealing will erode Baptist officials’ moral authority,” states SNAP

They call this a “watershed moment” for largest US Protestant denomination

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