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Giving Voice to Victims

Suspended predator therapist now gives parenting advice

Sex abuse victims hand out leaflets warning about new group

Its co-founder was sued for sexual misconduct & just lost license

But he still calls himself 'psychologist' and offers workshops & seminarsv

SNAP is upset that he still appears on local TV giving advice about kids

Despite lawsuit settlement, until now, he's never been publicly exposed before as a predator

After a sidewalk news conference, sex abuse victims will hand fliers to passers-by about a new group headed by an abusive former therapist who
-- recently lost his counseling liscence because of sexual misconduct,
-- still claims he's a psychologist,
-- was sued for exploiting a patient,
-- has started a new non-profit group, and
-- appears on local television giving advice to parents.

The victims want
-- a state board to issue a public notice that it has revoked his license,
-- neighbors to protect vulnerable young adults, teens and patients from him, and
-- the Bay Area’s ABC affiliate to stop putting him on TV as an “expert”

Thursday, June 11, 1:00 p.m.

Outside the headquarters of Peace Parenting Project, 3500 Kempton Way (on the edge of the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood) in Oakland

Three-four abuse victims, including the victim who sued the psychologist (who is speaking publicly for the first time). They belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (

In April, former Oakland psychologist John R. LoRé, Ph.D. surrendered his license to the California Board of Psychology for sexual misconduct.$LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=14270&P_LTE_ID=725

LoRé was also sued and settled a civil case in Alameda County (Case # RG06-260104) when he agreed to pay $200,000 to Kristi Coombs of Oakland who he manipulated and exploited repeatedly during therapy for several years.

Now, LoRe has started and co-directs an Oakland non-profit called Peace Parenting Project ( Despite his license revocation, LoRe still lists himself as a psychologist on his website. SNAP believes this violates his agreement with the state.

The group is worried that LoRe may still be acting as a psychologist, seeing and exploiting patients, and may apply to have his license reinstated.

With his partner, Lisa Bilgen, he has appeared as an expert several times on local television, including at least three appearances on ABC7's "View from the Bay.",

LoRé was licensed in 1995 and had a private practice in North Oakland at 6355 Telegraph Ave. (where he exploited at least one victim). He is believed to be living now at 1099 Mandana Blvd. (in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood) in Oakland, CA 94610. His phone numbers are believed to be (510) 428-2625 and (510) 428-2625

David Clohessy 314 566 9790, Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests