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Abuse survivor ‘shocked’ by dismissal of priest at same church

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The news that her former priest was removed from the priesthood for credible allegations of sexually abusing a minor brought back horrible memories for a worshipper at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Grand Haven.

SNAP urges Catholic Church to be more transparent about abusive nuns, lay employees, and volunteers

Today a judge ordered the Archdiocese of New York and three of its Catholic schools to turn over documents related to a former teacher who has been accused of child sexual abuse. We are pleased with this development and hope that the transparency ordered will be voluntarily applied across the board in the Archdiocese, because we know that beneath all of the visible allegations against priests and religious brothers the rest of the iceberg lurks: accusations of abuse by nuns, lay employees and volunteers in Catholic institutions.

Ex-New Order Amish man pleads no contest to sexual assaulting his three daughters; SNAP outraged

In recent years the media has begun reporting on survivors of child sex abuse in Plain faith communities such as the Amish and Mennonite. Two days ago a former member of the New Order Amish community and the mother of three young daughters watched her ex-husband make his plea in criminal court. The man had sexually assaulted their girls and pleaded no contest to charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor (sexual offenses), indecent assault, and endangering the welfare of children. The man acknowledged through his attorney that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had sufficient evidence to prove the counts.

President of Santa Clara University resigns, SNAP calls for broader investigation

The president of Santa Clara University, a Jesuit priest who was placed on leave in March  for "inappropriate" conduct with graduate students, tendered his resignation earlier this week and it was accepted by the school. SNAP is alarmed with the limited amount of information that has been provided about the case and wants to see the probe expanded.

Pennsylvania Survivors and Advocates to urge Majority Leader Senator Kim Ward to run H.B. 951 on the floor for a full Senate vote.

              Press Advisory (For Immediate Release May 7, 2021)   SNAP, CHILD USA, CHILD USAdvocacy, & The United Front – United Front Gathers Pennsylvania Survivors and Advocates to urge Majority Leader Senator Kim Ward to run H.B. 951 on the floor for a full Senate vote.   WHAT: SNAP, CHILD USA, CHILD USAdvocacy, and The United Front, alongside a group called ‘Survivors Taking the Steps,’ will hold a news conference in front of the Pennsylvania Capitol to;   Urge Majority Leader Senator Kim Ward to bring H.B. 951, a statutory window, to the Senate floor for a vote, and Call on Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman to continue his support and encourage senate members to demand H.B. 951 be brought for a vote. WHO: Pennsylvania Survivors and Advocates including the Fortney Family for Justice, SNAP Leader Mary McHale, SNAP Board Member Shaun Dougherty, CHILD USA Legal Director Alice Bohn, Esq., and SNAP Communications Manager Michael McDonnell.   WHEN: Monday, May 10th, 2021, 10 am   WHERE: On the main Capitol steps, 501 N. 3rd St Harrisburg, PA.   WHY:  Justice for victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania is needed now. Survivors have long held the liability and it is time to shift the cost of abuse back to where it belongs: at the feet of the abuser and those who enabled them. Each day that legislators fail to act on H.B. 951, predators remain hidden and children remain at risk. Survivors deserve the right to the legal process for discovery and justice. At this press conference, survivors and advocates will explain why “enough is enough” and will gather to encourage other Pennsylvanians to join the fight for healing, justice, and accountability.                  

New pedophile priests are exposed Five are not on Rockford’s ‘accused’ list

New pedophile priests are exposed Five are not on Rockford’s ‘accused’ list One was convicted but is still in a parish Another reportedly admitted child sex crime And church officials call 2 ‘credibly accused’ Victims urge cooperation with IL AG probe

Victims ‘out’ 4 more accused Charlotte clerics

They are not on diocese’s ‘credibly accused’ list Group blasts Catholic officials for “abuse secrecy” Victims ‘out’ 4 ‘credibly accused’ priests in NC SNAP to bishop “List those who abuse vulnerable adults too” And victims urge others to come forward before legal deadline

SNAP Virtual Mini Conferences

These virtual mini conferences are free to all and will feature opportunities for survivors and advocates to learn about topics like healing, advocacy, and self-care from a variety of different speakers throughout the year. Stay tuned for more details about our next mini-conference!

We are especially grateful to the Ribera Law Firm of San Francisco, California for being a Gold-level Sponsor for our mini-conferences. Their support is critical to our ability to hold these free events and we are grateful to them for their support. Learn more about the Ribera Law Firm here.


We are also grateful to MK Safety Net who is a Bronze-level sponsor for our virtual conferences. MK Safety Net has been  a longtime supporter of SNAP and we are grateful for the work they do on behalf of missionary kids who have been abused. Learn more about MK Safety Net 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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