CA--Victims applaud ESPN’s backing away from film re Sacrmento mayor

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566

We’re grateful that ESPN is distancing itself from a film that largely focuses on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson but wish the network would have addresses the serious accusation of sexual violence against a teenager before or during the film itself.  

We’re disgusted by Johnson’s flippant and disingenuous dodge that “When you’re in politics, you take hits.”

The alleged crimes happened long before he entered politics. And it’s self-serving, deceitful and insulting to crime victims to equate an alleged child sexual abuse with a political attack.

Remember that then-16 year old Mandi Koba took a hard and brave step. She reported the alleged assault to law enforcement. Had police or prosecutors deemed her dishonest, she could have been criminally charged for filing a false report. And Johnson paid her six figures but insisted that she keep silent. Those are disturbing facts.

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Johnson will find courage, speak up, expose wrongdoing and protect others.

And the rest of us should remember that we have a simple choice: We can make it harder, or easier, for victims of sexual violence to report predators. By publicly rallying around Johnson, we make it harder.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

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ESPN postpones Sacramento film due to new focus on Kevin Johnson molestation claims

By Marcos Breton,, October 12, 2015

Monday night was supposed to be a festive one for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The Crest Theatre was showing a premiere of “Down in the Valley,” a documentary of Sacramento’s successful effort to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.

In this ESPN narrative, Johnson is the star.

At the last minute, another video – this one made by the Phoenix Police Department nearly 20 years ago – caused ESPN to delay indefinitely its nationwide television release of the Sacramento documentary. This video, posted on YouTube last week, shows  . . . 

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