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WI--Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

 

Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse
 
Archbishop Listecki filing expensive and pointless appeal to US Supreme Court, deposing victims, and piling up the legal fees
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CA--Group praises LAPD & urges Cosby victims to “act now”

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434,jcasteix@gmail.com)

We’re thrilled that the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Bill Cosby, and we beg anyone who may have seen, suffered his crimes to come forward ASAP.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/07/07/chloe-goins-lawyer-says-criminal-investigation-into-bill-cosby-ongoing-unsealed/

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NC--Victims applaud new ruling in pedophile priest case

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

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

We’re grateful a new court ruling will let a pedophile priest case move forward and we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the cleric or cover ups by his church superiors to step forward.

http://www.wxii12.com/news/NC-Appeals-Court-allows-priest-sex-abuse-lawsuit-to-proceed/34035848

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PA--Victims applaud ruling in Paterno lawsuit

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

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

We applaud a new court ruling that gives the NCAA a chance to respond in detail to allegations that the association acted wrongly in the Penn State case. It’s important that the NCAA have this opportunity to defend itself. It may deter other athletic programs that are disciplined in the future for refusing to put the safety of the innocent over the success of the team.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/judge-gives-ncaa-permission-to-file-new-response-despite-paterno-estates-objections,1464633/ 

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National--Victims applaud Catholic editor/survivor who discloses abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

A veteran Catholic editor is disclosing his own childhood suffering at the hands of a Catholic priest. We applaud his courage, shown not just now through his revelations but also shown through his decades of diligence exposing this continuing crisis in the church.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/pages-and-protection-first-step-bringing-clergy-sex-abuse-secrets-light   

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CA--The Cosby new revelations: Three “take aways” from SNAP

For immediate release: Monday, July 6

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Thanks to civil litigation and brave victims, more truth is finally emerging about the horrendous acts of Bill Cosby. We’re grateful a courageous woman sued him in 2005. We’re grateful to the Associated Press for seeking the truth. And we’re grateful that a judge has unsealed this damaging deposition of Cosby from that suit.

There are three “take-aways” here.

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MI--Victims urge bishop to be more honest

For immediate release: Monday, July 6

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

Saginaw’s bishop owes parishioners and the public more information about a just-suspended priest. We hope the local Catholic hierarchy will be more honest about the allegations against Fr. Denis Heames.

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/diocesan-priest-placed-on-administrative-leave-

of-absence/article_fb0d033a-23ff-11e5-8b96-5f26f85b24b1.html

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AL--Ex-Alabama preacher arrested on child sex crimes; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 3

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

A former Alabama pastor who’s accused of repeatedly abusing two boys has been arrested in New Orleans.

Ryan Scott Rodgers is charged with sexual battery and seven counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. He worked at Liberty Park Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills for six years (from 2003 through 2009), According to Liberty’s pastor Scott Guffin.

http://www.libertypark.org/

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/07/former_vestavia_hills_youth_pa.html

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/sports/southern/12741975-171/police-seek-youth-pastor-who

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OR--Victims blasts Catholic officials on hidden camera

For immediate release: Monday, June 29

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

A priest kept quiet for a month and his archbishop kept quiet for another month about a hidden camera in a church restroom. Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample and Fr. Ysrael Bien both owe parents, parishioners and the public apologies and explanations. We hope that anyone who has information or suspicions about this crime will summon the strength to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2015/06/sherwood_priest_on_leave_as_po.html

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CT--Accused predator CT priest headed home for abused kids

For immediate release: Thursday, July 2

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

A priest who has been suspended because of a credible child sex abuse report once headed a home for abused children. We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police, protect others, expose wrongdoers and deter cover ups.

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2015/07/01/news/local/892077.txt

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NJ--Cosby evades prosecution on “legal technicality”

For immediate release: Thursday, July 2

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Serial abuser Bill Cosby apparently won’t be criminally charged in New Jersey because – like hundreds of clergy and thousands of rapists – he’s successfully exploited archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations. We hope another accuser, Judy Huth, will have more success in her California case.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/crime/no-charges-for-bill-cosby-in-atlantic-city-rape-allegations/article_e5875224-201f-11e5-b476-73aff9b4de07.html

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IA--New ruling may show how IA archbishop handled abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, July 2

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 new court ruling will likely shed considerable light on how the long-time head of the Dubuque Catholic archdiocese handled predator priests for years.

http://www.startribune.com/judge-allows-broad-abuse-claim-to-move-forward-in-st-cloud-diocese/310954251/ 

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