Aus- Courage of Commissioners more important than their backgrounds

What matters most are not the professional backgrounds of the individuals chosen for this role. What matters most is their courage. Time and time again, we've seen people with impressive credentials "tread lightly" when investigating powerful institutions and their officials.

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Aus- Terms of Reference released, SNAP responds

Survivors  who were concerned about the potential for Commissioners having a conflict of interest or lack  of impartiality can be reassured that the large contingent of commissioners chosen appears to be as appropriate as possible for the purpose of getting to the truth.

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Aus- Abuse inquiry Terms of Reference announced, SNAP responds

We applaud the prime minister for establishing this inquiry and setting the terms of reference.

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NE- Victims blast Omaha archbishop over abuse case

It’s irresponsible for Catholic officials to drag their feet in child sex abuse cases like this. It hurts victims, endangers kids, confuses parishioners and thwarts law enforcement. 

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UK- Saville report shows 50 years of allegations, SNAP responds

A new report, issued by the Met Police and NSPCC, shows 50 years of abuse allegations involving hundreds of children and over two dozen police force areas – all stemming from the crimes of Jimmy Saville. The 30-page document shows that Saville abused a child as young as 8 years old, and abused children in places ranging from hospitals and schools, to the BBC. 

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NM - New NM bishop blasted on child sex cases

We are not optimistic about Bishop Oscar Cantu’s promotion. Pope Benedict has appointed a number of bishops in recent years who have terrible track records on child safety. 

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IL- Southern IL school district wants abuse suit tossed out

A southern Illinois school district is asking an East St. Louis judge to toss out a civil lawsuit that charges school officials with ignoring a teacher’s child sex crimes.

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NM- New Mexico Catholic bishop to be named tomorrow

We are not optimistic about Las Cruces' next Catholic bishop. Pope Benedict has appointed a number of bishops in recent years who have terrible track records on child safety. 

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Germany- Clergy sex victims respond to Catholic study cancellation

Once again, Catholic officials are backing away from a commitment they've made about the pedophile priest crisis. 

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VT- Pedophile priest cases settled; SNAP responds

We are glad these brave victims will be spared the stress of a trial. And we are grateful to those who were courageous enough to step forward and wise enough to seek justice in court. We hope this settlement will help bring them sorely-needed closure and healing. 

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AR- Arkansas priest ousted; SNAP responds

Something here doesn’t pass the ‘smell test’ with the defrocking of Fr. Royce Thomas.

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MO- SNAP urges legislature to adopt recommendations

When the legislature convenes tomorrow, we hope it will quickly adopt the recommendations of a recent task force on child abuse, especially the one allowing evidence of so-called "signature crimes," commonly referred to as propensity evidence, to be used in child sexual abuse cases. 

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