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PR- At least 17 Puerto Rico priests being investigated

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 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)

Authorities say that they are investigating at least 17 Puerto Rico priests for alleged child sex crimes. We hope anyone who has suffered child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Puerto Rico finds the courage to speak up.

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MN- Winona diocese on brink of bankruptcy, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Diocese of Winona may declare bankruptcy, according to documents released today.

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NJ- Priest steps down after revelations of sexual abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (314-566-9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A New Jersey Catholic priest has stepped down while officials investigate allegations of sexual abuse. He should have been suspended. And Newark church officials should disclose exactly when the abuse report was made and where the priest is now.

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TX- Two churches sued for negligence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 3, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (314-566-9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Parents of a girl who was groomed by a former youth pastor are suing two Texas churches. We applaud the bravery of these parents for seeking justice and exposing wrongdoers.

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MN- Protestant pastor gets 24 years for child rape; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 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)

At the risk of seeming simplistic, children are safer when predators are imprisoned. So we are grateful that a Twin Cities pastor has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars for raping two girls.

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OR- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A pastor from Oregon has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a child from Utah. We are grateful to the brave victim and her parents for alerting law enforcement.

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TN- Man allegedly met victims through church, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A registered sex offender in Nashville has been charged with child sexual crimes involving alleged victims he met at an Oregon church.

We are glad that law enforcement are working to find more victims.

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NJ- Lawsuit against predator priest settled, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 3, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A lawsuit against a suspended priest with multiple allegations of child sexual abuse has been settled. We are grateful to the brave victims who fought for justice and accountability and hope he finds healing from this ruling.

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MO- New SLU president should disclose predators

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

For more info: Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy (314 566 9790,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Victims appeal to new SLU president

SNAP “Tell students & staff about abusive clerics

SNAP: University has “long, sad history” of hiding predators

An ex-SLU head sexually exploited a 20 year old college student

Another admitted child molesting cleric works & lives across the street

A third was criminally charged in 2004 for sodomizing a St. Louis boy

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging the new president of St. Louis University to disclose that several abusive priests have worked at the school and that an admitted child molesting cleric priest lives and works and lives on the edge of the campus.

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OR- Police withhold name of church in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are very disappointed that Portland police officials are withholding the name of a church where an accused child molester met his victim.

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NY- Catholic monsignor removed for child abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, October 02, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A New York monsignor was removed from ministry by the Diocese Syracuse in April after allegations of decades old child sexual abuse surfaced. The Vatican has now upheld his removal. We are disappointed by the Vatican and the diocese for moving slowly with this allegation.

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MN- Victims sue 4 priests, one for the first time; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, October 02, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Attorneys for child sex abuse victims have filed new  clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits regarding four Minnesota priests, one of whom has never been publicly accused before. We applaud the brave victims who broke their silence and are working towards justice.

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