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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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LA- Two female teachers sexually abuse boy, 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)

Two female Louisiana teachers have been arrested after a student revealed that they had sexually abused him. Though the boy allegedly bragged about it, it's a crime for any adult to have any sexual contact with any youngster and it the severity of child sex crimes should never be minimized.

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NE- More child sexual abuse victims come forward

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 man who was convicted of child sex crimes in Nebraska is being sued for more such offenses in Connecticut. We are grateful to the brave survivors who have come forward and are demanding justice not just from the alleged perpetrator, but also from the religious organization.

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IL- Springfield bishop challenges Muslims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, October, 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)

Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki is challenging Muslim leaders to denounce Islamic extremists, much like “every priest and bishop has to speak out about the sexual abuse crisis in the (Catholic) church.

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MO- Citing religion, dad withholds food from kids; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 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)

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court hears the case of a Seventh Day Adventist who withheld food from his kids as a punishment. We hope the court upholds the child abuse sentence against the man.

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MO- Vatican investigates Kansas City bishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 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)

What is to investigate? Years ago, Finn was found guilty of breaking the law and knowingly and repeatedly hiding evidence of child sex crimes from police. Because of his selfish and callous crime, more innocent little girls and their families were hurt by then Fr. Shawn Rattigan. Both Francis and Benedict should have ousted and defrocked Finn long ago. Doesn’t common sense and human decency strongly suggest that Finn has no place in ministry?

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PA- Bishop bans boy/girl sports contact; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 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)

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer has barred boys and girls from competing against one another in school contact sports.

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NY- Franciscan brother accused of sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 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 Franciscan brother has been removed from his position following allegations that he sexually abused a student. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and reported these allegations. 

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VA- Pastor's wife gets light sentence in abuse case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 1, 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 appalled that a pastor's wife has been sentenced to just 10 days in jail for her involvement in a child sexual abuse case.

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MN- Judge blocks release of child sex abuse files, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 30, 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 Minnesota judge has granted the Diocese of Duluth’s request to block the release of internal church documents relating to a clergy abuse lawsuit. We are disappointed by this action. Releasing information about predator priests and complacent officials helps keep children safe.

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PA- Altoona priest will remain behind bars; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 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)

An Altoona-Johnstown priest, who was arrested on child sex charges, will remain behind bars until the start of his trial. We are grateful that he will be kept away from children until his trial.

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Rome- Paraguay bishop NOT ousted because of abuse

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 28, 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)

Vatican officials now deny that a controversial bishop in Paraguay was ousted because he hired and promoted a credibly accused abusive cleric who faced allegations of sexual misdeeds in Argentina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. (He is Fr. Carlos Urruigoity.)

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