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Vatican--Victims blast Vatican over papal panel's role

For immediate release, February 6, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org

"The Vatican says that as part of an advisory body, the (Pope's abuse) commission's members should not comment on individual cases of abuse and leave these up to investigators," Reuters reports.

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Vatican--Prominent survivor leaves papal panel; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

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

We share Pete Saunders’ justifiable frustration with Vatican officials. They refuse to take quick, simple, common sense steps to protect kids and deter cover ups by punishing clerics who conceal abuse. Instead, they do what church officials have done for decades: shrewdly fixate on and discuss meaningless internal policies on paper that give the impression of progress while changing virtually nothing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3434855/Child-abuse-campaigner-handpicked-Pope-head-commission-paedophile-priests-suddenly-leaves-Vatican-24-hours-warning-pontiff-tackle-issue.html

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HI--Victims blast Hawaii church officials over “window dressing”

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 5

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)

Hawaii Catholic officials are trotting out the same old claims of “reform” that bishops have cited for decades in the continuing abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31146236/hawaii-catholic-church-hires-full-time-sex-abuse-prevention-director-screens-and-trains-thousands   

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Rome--Another meaningless church panel

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 4

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)

Yet another church abuse panel is holding yet another meeting. Such panels have met at varying levels in the church for decades the results: extraordinarily little progress.    

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DE--Unusual court ruling on confession, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

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 Delaware Court has issued what’s being called a “precedent-setting” ruling about the so-called sanctity of confession in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit.

http://delawarestatenews.net/news/judge-refuses-to-dismiss-lawsuit-against-jehovahs-witnesses/

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2016/02/court-says-priest-penitent-privilege.html

https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27395

Judge Mary M. Johnston is dealing with a case involving a child molesting Jehovah’s Witness in Delaware.

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NM--Another Catholic child sex abuse case; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

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

A child molesting teacher was given another decade around kids because Catholic officials claim they “couldn’t substantiate” a child sex abuse report against him. Parents, police, prosecutors and parishioners who think that church officials are “doing better” with abuse should think again.

http://krqe.com/2016/02/03/teacher-accused-of-inappropriately-touching-students-arrested-again/

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PA--Victims applaud Cosby ruling

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Statement by Karen Polesir, of Ambler, SNAP Philadelphia leader (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

Wake up, rich rapists! Your days of sweetheart deals are diminishing.

That’s the message a Philadelphia judge sent to Bill Cosby today. This is a significant step forward for victims of sexual violence. We hope this victory will encourage other prosecutors and police to pursue older rape cases.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/02/03/bill-cosby-arrives-day-2-hearing-could-decide-his-fate/79745308/

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IL--SNAP responds: U of C Prof accused of sexual harassment

For immediate release Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President and Founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 312 399 4747

In the awful sexual harassment case of a recently-resigned and now disgraced University of Chicago Professor Jason Leib, two people deserve praise.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/us/chicago-professor-resigns-amid-sexual-misconduct-investigation.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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PA--Victims comment in advance of Cosby ruling today

For Immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Statement by Karen Polesir, of Ambler, SNAP Philadelphia leader (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

If Cosby wins today, the blame lies squarely on Bruce Castor and Pennsylvania’s predator-friendly statutes of limitations that incentivizes covering up sex crimes. If Cosby wins, we hope there’s an appeal and we hope that this ruling will prod other rape victims to come forward

http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/news&id=367331441

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AR--Arkansas Catholic officials must do outreach in abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Statement by Bill Lindsey of Little Rock, Arkansas director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (501-993-7933wdlindsy@swbell.net)

Arkansas Catholic officials should aggressively seek out anyone who might have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by a Catholic teacher.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/feb/02/substitute-teacher/?f=news-arkansas


http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/substitute-teacher-at-catholic-high-accused-of-sex-with-student

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NE--Survivors: you should not reward a proven wrongdoer like Finn

For immediate release, February 1, 2016

January 27, 2016

Dear Bishop Conley:

We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our goal is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Recently, we learned that you have invited Bishop Robert Finn into your diocese and are letting him minister to nuns at Lincoln's School Sisters of Christ the King convent. 

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PA--Victims comment on tomorrow’s Cosby hearing

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

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

We hope Bill Cosby loses tomorrow in court. And we hope that more people will understand that civil lawsuits can help with criminal prosecution, no matter what happens in this particular case.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/02/01/whats-going-happen-first-bill-cosby-criminal-hearing/79526974/

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