Media Statements

TN--Victims urge outreach by church & library in alleged abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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)

The Memphis Public library has suspended a former youth minister who is accused of molesting at least three kids. That’s not enough.

http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/sex-abuse-claims-launch-city-investigation-into-memphis-library-employee

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GA--“Punish secretive church officials,” victims group says

For immediate release, November 16, 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)

Atlanta area church officials admit they had a convicted child molester in their midst but kept this information from their flock. Now he’s hurt more kids. This is alarming. Heads must roll.

http://www.11alive.com/news/local/parents-at-georgia-churc-raise-questions-after-a-youth-ministry-volunteer-is-convicted-of-sex-crimes/351890093

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NJ--Poker playing priest accused of child porn has court hearing

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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)

A Newark NJ Catholic priest faces child pornography charges and a court hearing this week. We hope he’s convicted. We call on Newark’s top Catholic official, Archbishop John Myers, to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have information or suspicions about his crimes.

And we hope this news prompts others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police so Fr. Kevin A. Gugliotta might be charged with and convicted on other offenses and be kept away from kids even longer.

http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2016/10/26/priest-kevin-gugliotta-child-porn-charges/92764388/

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MO--Abuse & retaliation suit filed vs. huge firm about foster kids

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Unusual child abuse suit is filed

It’s against huge, for-profit company

Firm does foster care placement across US

State agency found that it deceived foster mom

That led to a teenage boy abusing her grandchild

Then, the firm retaliated against her in two ways, suit says

An unusual new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a boy, his mom and his grandmother. It charges that a huge, nation-wide company deceived a veteran foster parent, knowingly put a teenager who had molested before into her home, and retaliated against her after she reported that the teen sexually abused her grandchild.

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IN--Victims back Indiana bishop’s bid for national office

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Victims back Indiana bishop’s bid for national office

They “vigorously oppose” candidate running against him

The world’s largest group of clergy sex abuse victims is backing a top Indiana Catholic official who’s running to head a national church abuse panel and opposing a Washington prelate who is also in the race.

http://cny.org/stories/US-Bishops-to-Elect-Officers-Hear-Task-Force-Report-Vote-on-Action-Plan,14653

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Vatican--Pope “snubs” ex-Denver archbishop; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 10, 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)

This week, Pope Francis “snubbed” Colorado’s former top Catholic official (who now heads the Philadelphia Archdiocese). While we may disagree with the pontiff’s reasons, we are grateful that Philly Archbishop Charles Chaput has been given no further honors or recognition or power in the church hierarchy.

Widely respected Catholic journalist David Gibson of Religion News Service writes that Pope Francis’ decision to promote an Indiana archbishop to become a cardinal and head the much-larger Newark archdiocese “was also viewed by church observers as something of a snub to Chaput. Philadelphia’s five previous archbishops, going back nearly a century, had all been made cardinals.

http://religionnews.com/2016/11/07/pope-francis-gives-n-j-its-first-cardinal-and-ups-the-ante-on-church-reform/

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WA--Victims oppose Yakima bishop’s bid for national office

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.ordg

Victims oppose Yakima bishop’s bid for national office

SNAP to prelate: “You shouldn’t even be on child sex abuse panel 

The world’s largest group of clergy sex abuse victims wants Yakima’s top Catholic official to withdraw from his bid to head a national church abuse panel next week and instead focus on “protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded” in Washington. 

http://cny.org/stories/US-Bishops-to-Elect-Officers-Hear-Task-Force-Report-Vote-on-Action-Plan,14653

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NY--Victims blast nuns in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 10, 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 )

A group of nuns is refusing to admit that it ran a New York orphanage where a man says he was both sexually and physically abused as a child. We call on these nuns to stop ducking and dodging and start helping this victim. If they continue to stonewall, we call on Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to insist that they step up, “come clean” and help this struggling survivor.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s-church-sex-abuse-victim-feels-pain-article-1.2861359 

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KS--Church officials must help law enforcement, victims say

For  immediate release, November 9, 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)

Catholic officials now admit that a Kansas priest engaged in sexual misconduct. But that’s not enough.

http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article113346578.html

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PA--Victims blast Philly-based nuns in abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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 )

A Philadelphia-based group of nuns is refusing to admit that it ran an orphanage where a man says he was both sexually and physically abused as a child. We call on these nuns to stop ducking and dodging and start helping this victim. If they continue to stonewall, we call on Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to insist that they step up, “come clean” and help this struggling survivor.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s-church-sex-abuse-victim-feels-pain-article-1.2861359 

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GA--Archbishop must reach out to potential victims of accused international priest

For immediate release, November 8, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com
A priest who worked in Atlanta in 2012 and was the second-in-command of an influential international religious group—founded by another priest who molested up to 100 children—has now also been accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in CT last week. 
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CT--Victims asks AG to investigate "cult-like" group must take action in abuse case

For immediate release, November 8, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

The second-in-command of a Connecticut-based scandal-plagued religious group has been accused of child sexual abuse in a local civil lawsuit filed last week.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/06/did-second-most-powerful-man-at-top-catholic-order-sexually-abuse-teenage-boy.html

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