Media Statements

MN--Victims applaud $1.5 million bail on accused religious predator

For immediate release: Monday, May 16, 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)

We are thrilled that a judge has set a $15 million bail for the head of a religious sect who’s accused of child sex crimes.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/20/bail-set-at-15-million-for-sect-leader-charged-with-abuse.html#.V2hqyNfTRKE.email

Victor Barnard was extradited from Brazil. We share the judge’s concern that a lesser bond might have enabled him to abscond again.

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MN--Victims: “Others with information on accused priest must come forward”

For immediate release: Monday, May 16, 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)

Our hearts ache for the four girls and their families who have helped police and prosecutors pursue an accused child molesting cleric, Fr. Brian Lederer. They must be terribly distraught that he’s been deemed “not guilty.”

We hope more who were victimized by Fr. Lederer come forward so that he might face more charges and eventually be kept away from kids.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/crime-and-courts/4058366-minnesota-priest-found-not-guilty-sexual-abuse-case

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KS--Big Baptist church tries to forcibly "out" abused kids

For immediate release: Thursday, June 16, 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)

In a new court filing, a Kansas City church is trying to force two girls who were abused by a now-imprisoned child molester to publicly reveal their names. We are appalled.

http://www.jococourts.org/civroa.aspx?which=16CV03415

This mean-spirited move will deter others who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes into staying silent, enabling more predators to hurt more kids. It will also rub more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of this suffering family. It is a shameful move by officials who profess to be “Christians.”

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MI--Accused Catholic sex offender case gets more delays; Victims urge “speed”

For immediate release: Thursday, June 16, 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 Detroit Catholic school official charged in 2014 with child sex crimes continues to win delay after delay after delay. For the safety of kids, the healing of victims and the health of the church and its schools, we urge judges and prosecutors to speed up this case.

http://www.candgnews.com/news/child-sex-abuse-case-heading-back-court-88677

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KY--Victims blast new Southern Baptist national president

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 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)

We’re disappointed that the Southern Baptist Convention just elected Bellevue Baptist pastor Steve Gaines as president. He covered up abuse by minister Paul Williams for at least six months.

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/breaking-steve-gaines-elected-sbc-president-by-acclamation-after-j-d-greear-withdraws/50801.htm

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TX--SNAP to Baptist officials: Blast proposal to keep controversial Baylor coach

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 15, 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)

We call on top US Baptist officials to denounce a plan being discussed by some Baylor alums to keep a controversial coach who has been ousted for turning a blind eye to rapes.

http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/baylorbears/2016/06/15/national-columnist-baylor-faction-pushing-briles-return-showing-dark-ugly-side-college-fandom

The annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is being held now in St. Louis. We urge delegates and officials to introduce and pass a resolution condemning the suggested retention of Coach Art Briles.

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PA--Victims say "Lawmakers should let judges do their jobs"

For immediate release, June 14, 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)

It is the job of judges to decide if those laws pass constitutional muster. Pennsylvania legislatures must put the safety of kids first, above all other considerations. 

 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

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Guam--Fourth victim comes forward to say Archbishop Apuron molested him, Victims respond

For immediate release, June 15, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org) (jcasteix@gmail.com949-322-7434 cell)

http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2016/06/14/another-apuron-accuser-comes-forward-sexual-abuse-allegations/85897598/

How many more brave victims need to come forward before Pope Francis and Archbishop Hon reach out to the survivors and Catholics of Guam and take decisive action with Archbishop Apuron?

 

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RI--Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI

FACT SHEET: Five “under the radar” who abused elsewhere but spent time in RI

--Fr. Joseph Rocha OP, ordained: 1966

He appears on the most recent list of "new" priests added to Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian's website. Rocha worked quite a few years in the Providence diocese and even held a diocesan post (on the diocesan tribunal). There's been no publicity about him since 2001 when a small article mentioned he had been arrested, but it didn't mention that he was a priest.

He worked in Providence and Warwick. His assignment history:

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Rocha_Joseph_J_OP_.htm

His status as an accused cleric was first made public by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian in March 2016:

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2016_03_28_Garabedian_List.htm

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VA--Victims beg Catholic officials for “more honesty & outreach”

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 

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

A Catholic priest who worked in Virginia has been accused of abusing a male child in another state in 1990. Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are grateful to the brave victim who spoke up, but they are disappointed in the response of Catholic officials in the Diocese of Arlington.

https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/pastor-placed-on-administrative-leave/index.aspx

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MN--Disgraced archbishop is on seminary board; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 7, 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)

Disgraced Archbishop John Neinstedt of Minnesota, accused of both committing and concealing clergy sexual misconduct, is apparently still on the board of a prominent Catholic seminary in Rome. That’s disgraceful and reckless, especially because he allegedly sexually exploited several seminarians himself.

https://www.pnac.org/january-2016-roman-echoes/

http://canonicalconsultation.com/blog.html

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IA--Bishop admits abuse; Victims push for more

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 8, 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)

Sioux City Catholic officials are admitting, for the first time, that Fr. Peter B. Murhpy has been credibly accused of molesting a child. We are grateful for this belated move, made at the request of a brave victim, and hope it will bring comfort to others who were hurt by this cleric. We also hope that Bishop Walter Nickless will be more forthcoming about other predator priests who have lived or worked in his diocese.

http://www.catholicglobe.org/?p=7218

 

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