26 Iowa clergy sex abuse cases settle, SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 28, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 2311663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)

Twenty six clergy sex abuse victims have settled child sex abuse and cover up cases against the Dubuque Catholic archdiocese.

I applaud each of these brave survivors. Like all who have suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups, they endure and continue to endure the life-long consequences from trusting someone in a collar or a habit.

Like a small minority of those who have suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups, they have found the strength to come forward, expose predators and seek justice. All Iowa citizens and Catholics owe them a debt of gratitude.

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OH, KY - Catholic coach arrested; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, August 26, 2013

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)

A Catholic coach has been arrested on child sex charges. We hope this news prompts others who have seen, suspected or suffered by Catholic employees’ child sex crimes to step forward.

When men like Thomas Hansman are charged, often others stay silent. “It’s all being taken care of now,” they assume. But that’s wrong.

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25 Penn State/Sandusky civil sex suits settle; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, August 26, 2013

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

Twenty five men have settled their child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against Penn State.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/penn-state-settles-25-lawsuits-brought-jerry-sandusky/story?id=20069117

We have two messages to these brave men who were hurt by Jerry Sandusky: “Thank you” and “Be forewarned.”

Thank you for stepping forward, protecting others, exposing wrongdoing, and inspiring others. It’s almost always easy to sit back and do nothing. It’s almost always tempting to stay quiet and let others stick their necks out.

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MO - Victims oppose changing MO sex offender registry

For immediate release: August 26, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Missouri lawmakers want to suddenly remove hundreds of names of convicted criminals from the state sex offender registry. We oppose this move.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/is-it-fair-for-sex-offenders-to-stay-listed-on/article_f481ecef-de1e-53bf-8e0b-b3b9f064e78f.html

When pondering changes to the sex offender registry, there should be only one criterion: will the proposed change protect more children? And in this case, it’s just too early to tell. So we in SNAP favor keeping the registry unchanged until independent scientific research clearly shows a need to change it.

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OH - Youngstown clergy abuse victims meet this week

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

A self help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in Youngstown this week.

The organization is SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”.  The meeting will be Wednesday, Aug 28. 

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MI - Clergy not required to report abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 23, 2013

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)

We’re disappointed that a Michigan judge is letting a minister off the hook for refusing to report suspected child sex abuse. Decades of excessive deference to religious figures in child sex cases has led to tens of thousands of devastated lives. Our society – especially our judges and lawmakers – must make it abundantly clear that every single adult has a duty to call police when he or she fears a child is being hurt.

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UK - Victims group blasts Scotland's Catholic bishops

For immediate release: Friday August 23, 2013

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

Shame on the bishops of Scotland, who reportedly let one corrupt colleague block a so-called church "investigation" into child sex crimes and cover ups.

If O'Brien opposed this move, Scotland's bishops should have proceeded without him. Or they should have publicly exposed O'Brien as an obstructionist.

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IL - Child sex abuse reform bill becomes law

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 23

Statement by Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

In a huge victory for innocent kids and a huge defeat for child molesters, Illinois’ governor has signed a bill permanently lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sex crimes (SB 1399, sponsored by Sen. Link and others).

This measure will stop more sex offenders. It enables child sex abuse victims to expose dangerous predators in court. It enables employers and neighbors and even relatives to learn about and protect themselves from child molesters who otherwise would have stayed “under the radar.”
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AZ - Catholic cleric accused of abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 21

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)

Phoenix Catholic officials admit having gotten a child sex abuse report on 8/13. They admit suspending the accused cleric on 8/19. And they apparently posted a small notice on their website, rather than warning Phoenix parents and parishioners by holding a news conference or sending out a news release.

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CA - Legislative panel passes child safety bill; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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

A California legislative panel today passed a bill that will enable more child sex abuse victims to warn parents about molesters through the civil justice system.

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NH - Supreme Court rules against predator; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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)

We are grateful to New Hampshire’s highest court for recognizing that kids’ actual safety trumps adults’ professed beliefs. We hope this ruling will deter other ministers from trying to exploit legal loopholes and evade responsibility for child sex crimes and cover ups.

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Archbishop responds – sort of – to disturbing charges against him

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 20

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)

It’s interesting what Archbishop Robert Carlson does NOT say, either in public or in his new eight page legal response.

He doesn’t say “Fr. Jiang never admitted his crimes to me." (In their civil suit, that’s what the parents say happened.)

He doesn’t say “I never called the girl’s mom.” (In their civil suit, that’s what the parents say happened.)

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