PA- Lawyer claims “exploiting a minor” charge was with an adult

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 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)

An attorney for a once-convicted preacher accused of sexual misconduct with a congregant is claiming that the victim was over 18 and consenting. Regardless of the age of the victim, there can never be true consent between a congregant and a religious authority figure. 

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UK- Second victim of jailed Jehovah's Witness elder speaks up, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 24, 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)

A second victim of a Jehovah’s Witness elder, who earlier this month was found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls and raping another woman, has spoken up. We are grateful to this brave victim for having the courage to speak up.

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PA- Penn State coaches sue re Sandusky scandal; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 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)

Two former Penn State football coaches are suing the university saying they were unfairly tied to the Jerry Sandusky case. The case sounds like a stretch to us, but we hope the case goes to trial because we think it's important that more of the truth about the Penn State scandal surfaces publicly. 

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NY- Victims blast prominent Manhattan school regarding abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 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)

Shame on officials at the International Preschools in Midtown Manhattan who refused to call police when confronted with allegations and suspicions of child sex crimes. Top school officials should be fired for opting to “investigate” internally no matter how the charges against teacher Malthe Thomsen get resolved. And police should investigate whether any school officials might be criminally charged with failure to report suspected child sex crimes.

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MO- Newly released records show archbishop's cover-ups

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 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) 

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted to being a sex addict. And Carlson, in turn, became his “close friend” and spiritual advisor too, according to hundreds of pages of long-secret Catholic Church abuse files have just been released. 

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Guam- Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

Twice-accused cleric lived in Guam for years

SNAP: Archbishop knew about abuse but did nothing 

Now exposed, child molesting cleric heads to Bay Area

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting a twice-accused Catholic predator priest for "hurtful, self-aggrandizing comments" he made as he left Guam for California.

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NY- Priest case adjourned until August, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 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 Round Lake priest, who was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor, will go to court August 13. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that his case has been adjourned for another three weeks. In this time it is possible that he might abuse more children. 

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IL- Clergy sex abuse group marks 25th anniversary

For immediate release:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790, 
SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Clergy sex abuse victims hold 25th anniversary conference in Chicago

Group celebrates 25 years of “growth, healing, justice and prevention”

Speakers include Pulitzer prize winner and noted St. Paul whistleblower

The world's largest and oldest support group for men and women sexually abused as children will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference August 1.

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MT- Victims urge reprimanded MT judge to volunteer

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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)

 We are glad that Helena Judge Todd Baugh will be suspended in December for his inappropriate rape comments.

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TN- Church should reach out to possible victims SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 Tennessee youth pastor has been sentenced to 3 years in jail on child pornography charges. We are glad he is going to jail but believe his sentence should have been much stricter. 

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OK- Church must "seek out" victims of just arrested-man, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 teenaged missionary from Oklahoma is accused of sexually abusing several young children from an African orphanage. Our hearts ache for the vulnerable children who, instead of receiving much needed aid, were sexually assaulted. We hope the children will now, more than ever, receive the care they need. 

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MO- Crucial hearing tomorrow for unprecedented $1 mill award

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

Crucial court hearing is tomorrow

It involves embattled Catholic bishop

Judge may OK “ground-breaking” award

Arbitrator says 42 abuse victims to get $1.1 million

SNAP: “Top Catholic official broke his prevention contract”

Group encourages parishioners to attend court session on Wednesday

A Kansas City judge will hear arguments tomorrow about whether an unprecedented $1.1 million award to 42 clergy sex abuse victims should stand or be overturned.

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