Media Statements

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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AR--Group urges more Duggar victims to step forward

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 1

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 the brave victim who may soon sue Josh Duggar for the abuse he inflicted on her as a child. The best way to deter child sex crimes and cover ups is often to take legal action against those who commit or conceal them.

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/duggar-investigation-emails-reveal-cops-were-paid-to-guard-the-very-family-they-re-investigating-62082

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PA--2nd Catholic cleric commits suicide; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 1

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

For the second time in less than three years, a Catholic cleric has committed suicide in a central Pennsylvania church facility run by the Third Order Regular Franciscans. We urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or other misdeeds in the Altoona area to speak up, call police, protect others and start healing.

http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/friar-commits-suicide-at-blair-county-province-6591.shtml

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8632412-74/diocese-attorney-abuse#axzz3eexR0yKk

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MN--Victims: Ruling means MN is in “forefront” of kids’ safety

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 30

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Though many predator priests are now suspended from parishes, many church officials who shielded them have are now promoted. That’s why we applaud a new ruling in St. Cloud that lets a clergy sex abuse and cover up suit move forward. This decision will help police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public learn about who has and who is endangering kids and protecting predators.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2004/Court-Rules-That-Survivor%E2%80%99s-Public-Nuisance-Claim-Against-Diocese-of-St-Cloud-May-Proceed.aspx

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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 9790, SNAPclohessy@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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OH--Ousted abusive bishop back on the job

For immediate release: Monday, June 29, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, 925-708-6175 cell), Cappy Larson (cappy@rlarson.com, 415-637-2006)

Bishop retired for sexual misconduct is quietly reinstated

He now works as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church

Victims say it’s an “dangerous, deceptive and callous” move

SNAP wants Orthodox Church officials to take immediate action

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse recently received a phone tip that an Orthodox bishop retired for sexual misconduct was now working as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church.  

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MO--Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP

For us, this will be a draining distraction from our child safety work. But for these brave two families, we fear this will be much worse. Jiang’s victims are suffering. The parents of Fr. Jiang’s victims are suffering. All of them will now suffer even more.

Jiang fears being imprisoned. Carlson fears being exposed. If they can shut folks up, their wrongdoing stays hidden. That’s what this is all about – intimidating others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups into staying silent.

 

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CT--Justices rule in favor of abuse victims

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

Connecticut’s top Catholic official has lost his bid to overturn a crucial state child safety law. Shame on him for trying.

http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR317/317CR64.pdf

Ex-Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell and current Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair asked Connecticut’s Supreme Court to gut a measure that gives victims of child molesters more time to expose and deter those who commit or conceal child sex crimes.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ct_archbishop_blair_s_terrible_record_on_clergy_sex_crimes_and_cover_ups

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