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HI--New housing director subject of sex abuse scandal

Victims to mayor: Reconsider decision

New Housing Director subject of sex abuse scandal

Appointment creates “Hostile work environment” for city employees 

Caldwell decision “imprudent,” may violate EEOC rules, letter says

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KY--Priest sentenced in abuse case

For immediate release Thursday, February 9

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director 314-503-0003 bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

A Louisville priest who is accused of molesting two children and spent 30 years running a camp for kids has been sentenced to seven years in prison. A support group for victims is praising those who helped prosecute him and begging others who “may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes or church cover ups” to come forward.

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Caldwell Appoints Marc Alexander To Lead Honolulu Housing Office, Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

Shame on Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He has given a powerful city job to a man who has been sued for for child sexual abuse and who left a previous government job in disgrace because of an unethical affair with an adult woman while he was a priest.

In fact, because secret Diocese of Honolulu personnel documents and other evidence in Marc Alexander’s recently settled civil child sex abuse case have not yet been made public, we do not know the details of what happened, or the scope of the risk that Alexander could pose to adult women and children. Is this a risk that the people of Hawaii should be willing to take? Is this a personnel investment that Hawaii’s taxpayers should make?

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Settlement of another lawsuit against defrocked priest McCormack: $2.3 million; Victims responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322- 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

This most recent lawsuit against Father McCormack is very disturbing and shows the influence that predators have in the areas where they live and work. The 12-year-old child and alleged victim in this case was not a member of the parish where Daniel McCormack worked.

In addition, this victim was abused for the second time after McCormack had been arrested for abuse. However, the priest was allowed back into the parish and had not been placed on any restriction of ministry or put in a secure facility away from children, according to the suit. He was free to continue to prey on children in the parish and neighborhood.  

We hope anyone who has suffered abuse will come forward and begin healing. We encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact local law enforcement. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-settlement-lawsuit-mccormack-20170207-story.html  

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Elite private school allowed sex abuse for decades, grand jury finds, victims response

For immediate release, February 2, 2017 

Statement by Joelle Casteix, bestselling author and SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com,
The 50-year systemic cover-up of sexual abuse at Solebury School is tragic, but not unique. Institutions like private schools, public schools, universities like Penn State, and churches—if they are able—will always protect themselves before they will expose a sex abuse scandal that could tarnish their reputation.
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SNAP statement regarding the Gretchen Hammond’s recent lawsuit

Statement by Mary Ellen Kruger of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Volunteer Leader and Chairman of the SNAP Board of Directors  - (314) 962-0964 cell, MEK1234567@gmail.com

The past few weeks have been a difficult time for SNAP.  Longtime friend and executive director David Clohessy has retired from SNAP, and inflammatory and untrue allegations have been made against SNAP in a lawsuit filed in Chicago, Illinois last week. 

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SNAP Letter to Bishop James V. Johnston

SNAP
The Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests
PO Box 56539 
Saint Louis MO 63156
 
The Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph
20 West Ninth Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
 
Dear Bishop Johnston,
 
We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests; victims’ advocates; and supporters of victims of child sexual abuse.
 
We are writing you today because of the situation at St. Patrick’s parish, where you recently banned a 70-year-old volunteer after his more than 20-year history of inappropriate behavior with children. A letter about the man became public last week in an article in the Kansas City Star.
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Victims to KC Bishop: You broke legal promises, didn’t report

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Victims to KC Bishop: You broke legal promises, didn’t report 

Man banned from parish may have abused, SNAP believes

Survivors demand oversight committee, public meeting

Public deserves accountability, they say

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CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond--Updated

For immediate release: Friday, January 14, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A musician who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women is performing tomorrow night with the Boulder Philharmonic.

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2016/04/read_the_complaint_filed_by_mu.html

http://www.dailycamera.com/entertainment/ci_29711433/boulder-phil-announces-next-season

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NY - SNAP statement regarding the removal of Greek Orthodox priest from ministry

For immediate release: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The National Herald reported on January 13th that Father Luke Melackrinos has been suspended from ministry by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) for alleged inappropriate electronic contact with an adult female parishioner.

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CO--Musician accused of abuse to perform in Boulder; victims respond

For immediate release: Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the board of directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)
 
Eric Ruske, who is being sued in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually harassing two young women, is performing tonight with the Boulder Philharmonic, not the Boulder Symphony. SNAP regrets the error and apologizes to the Boulder Symphony for the confusion.
Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
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NY--Victims to Cuomo: NY can follow Hawaii’s successful lead with Child Victims Act

Statement by Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org(949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

New York Governor Cuomo is making a bold and victim-friendly move by adding the Child Victim’s Act to his agenda. We applaud him for making child safety a priority—by helping victims in both private and public institutions.
In 2014, the State of Hawaii extended their 2-year civil window for victims of child sexual abuse. Their original window, enacted in 2012, only applied to victims who had been sexually abused in private institutions. The two-year extension broadened the law and allowed survivors who had been abused in public and private schools and institutions to use the civil justice system to expose their abuser. 
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