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Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Br. Paul West, SNAP Responds

A Franciscan brother who was the subject of a major AP News investigation for his abuse of three young boys in Mississippi has been served a federal lawsuit. The case against Br. Paul West was filed in the United States District Court in Southern New York.

AP Investigation Lays Bare the Failures of Diocesan Review Boards

A new investigation by the Associated Press has shared with the public a disappointing and depressing truth that survivors and advocates have been talking about for years: that internal church review boards too often put the reputation of the institution above care for survivors and the protection of children. Now that this report has been widely published, we hope the public will join our calls for dramatic change into how dioceses handle allegations of abuse.

Two Missouri dioceses criticized in new AP abuse investigation

Both the St. Louis archdiocese and the Kansas City diocese come under fire in a lengthy and alarming new Associated Press investigation into secretive, internal church panels that supposedly 'investigate' abuse reports. We call on bishops in both places to immediately revamp their boards and be more honest about who’s on them and how they operate.

Two Missouri bishops seek higher post

Two Missouri bishops seek higher post They vie to head national abuse committee SNAP ‘vigorously opposes’ head of KC diocese’ With “hesitation,” group backs Jefferson City prelate It admits KC’s Johnston, “despite failings, will likely be the winner”

SNAP backs Texas prelate for USCCB President

Survivors of Clergy Abuse Gather Outside USCCB Meeting “It is time for new leadership to take clergy abuse more seriously” SNAP backs Texas prelate for USCCB President Group “vigorously opposes” likely winner from California Election will be held at USCCB meeting in Baltimore on November 11

Victims seek update on church abuse probe

Victims seek update on church abuse probe KBI should issue ‘preliminary report,’ SNAP says Group also wants more outreach and funding for it KS attorney general asked for investigation one year ago Bishops must update & expand their ‘accused’ lists, SNAP pleads Victims to prelates: “Warn your flock about clerics who prey on adults too”

Re-watch the 2019 SNAP National Conference on Youtube!

The 2019 SNAP Conference was a wonderful weekend of healing, learning and growth and we are grateful to every speaker, attendee, and volunteer who helped make this conference one of our most successful events ever.

If you want to re-live the experience in Alexandria, check out our YouTube links below to re-watch the keynote addresses and plenary speeches. 

Re-watch the SNAP Conference on YouTube

  • Friday, July 26th, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm  Welcome Remarks, Marci Hamilton and Bill Jenkins. Watch Friday here.
  • Saturday, July 27th, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm  Nick Kelso, Siobhan O'Connor, Bishop Accountability and Grace French. Watch Saturday here.
  • Sunday, July 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Panel: Mary Dispenza, Ashley Easter, Johnathon Schaech and Olivia Venuto, Tom Doyle and Looking Ahead with SNAP Leadership. Watch Sunday here.

 

Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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