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IL--Accused imam gets probation; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747,

We are grateful that an abuse case against a prominent Chicago Muslim cleric has been resolved. But now is not the time for complacency. It’s time for every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Mohammad Abdullah Saleem – or cover ups by or at the Institute for Islamic Education – to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids. If he committed other crimes, he should be prosecuted for them too.   

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MO--Judge rules against victims support group

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566

Judge rules against victims support group

In an unusual civil lawsuit filed by a Catholic priest who has been accused and arrested for reportedly molesting two youngsters, a federal judge on Monday ordered serious sanctions against a support group.  

Seeking money damages, Fr. Joseph Jiang is suing two police officers, the city prosecutor, the mom of an alleged child sex abuse victim and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). The priest is seeking some SNAP emails and records that include the identities of and information about his alleged child sex abuse victims and others.

But SNAP hasn’t turned over those documents, saying that information about the alleged victims and others is deemed confidential under a Missouri law that safeguards those who say they’ve been raped.

“Giving an alleged child molester private information about alleged victims will scare others from coming forward to police, prosecutors, therapists and support groups like ours and others,” said SNAP Executive Director David Clohessy.

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