SNAP Media Events

SNAP Media Event Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Sedalia

Victims want to meet with statewide school group

They ask Pettis Co. sheriff to consider investigating facility

Self-help group warns parents about boarding schools for 'troubled' kids

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will harshly criticize a local man who runs both a

--a boarding school for 'troubled' kids in Pettis County and

--a statewide industry group for owners and operators of similar facilities, at least five of which have generated headlines in recent years because of repeated prosecutions, lawsuits and news reports about the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children at the schools.

A few months ago, the local man also spearheaded an effort to eviscerate "the few and new bare bones protections" Missouri legislators set up for these facilities, many of which are for-profit, privately-owned and 'under the radar' in rural counties across the state.

The victims will also ask

--the Pettis County sheriff to consider investigating the nearby facility, particularly if the sheriff is aware of any complaints,

--the school owners' group to meet with them, and

--prod anyone who has 'seen, suspected or suffered' crimes in any Christian or private boarding school in Missouri to 'come forward as soon as possible to trusted sources of help, like friends, family, therapists, police, prosecutors or support groups.'

WHEN

Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the Pettis County Sheriff’s office, 319 S. Lamine Ave. in Sedalia, MO

WHO

Two-three people including

--a Sedalia woman whose sibling was molested by a clergyman and

--a Missouri man who was sexually abused as a child by a cleric and who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)


SNAP abuse lawsuit & presser, tomorrow, Wed, 6/26 @ 1:15 in KC MO

Shocking child abuse lawsuit filed vs. shuttered facility

It’s 1 of 5 recently troubled MO 'Christian' boarding schools

SNAP to AG: 'Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Do SOMETHING!'

Victims also blast AG Bailey for 'ducking & dodging' on their requests

They again ask for 'a new, voluntary, unannounced inspection system'

Using chalk, they’ll write criminally charged abusers’ names on sidewalk

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors will:

--announce the filing of a shocking new child abuse and cover up lawsuit against a now-shuttered southwest Missouri 'Christian' boarding school where several ex-staffers have recently been arrested and face criminal charges, and

They will also try to hand deliver a letter to Missouri’s attorney general 

  1. urging him to ask school owners to allow voluntary but unannounced inspections of their facilities by independent children’s groups and law enforcement personnel (including the Highway Patrol), and
  2. blasting him for 'repeatedly ignoring' requests they’ve made of him that they believe will 'help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.'

Afterwards, using chalk, they will write the names of at least ten ex-staffers from Christian boarding schools across Missouri who have been arrested or convicted in recent years (four of whom were charged just this year). 

WHEN

Wednesday, June 26 at 1:15 p.m. 

WHERE

In Kansas City MO, on the sidewalk outside the Missouri attorney general’s office, 615 E. 13th Street, (between Cherry and Holmes) (816-889-5000) 

WHO

Three-four child sex abuse victims including a Missouri man who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org


NEWS CONF MON 6/17- Clergy sex abuse victims blast SD bishop

Clergy sex abuse victims blast SD bishop

They call his new legal move “frightening”

SNAP: “It’s just one more way of hiding predators”

Diocese seeks Chapter 11 protection & end to lawsuits

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will

--harshly criticize San Diego’s bishop for using bankruptcy court to “keep clergy sex abuse secrets secret and prevent abuse survivors from having their day in court,” and

--beg him to give victims a longer time to come forward, and not push for a tight deadline which re-victimizes many.

They will also call on

--Catholics to pressure top Catholic officials to “stop playing legal hardball” and fighting victims,

--other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward and report known and suspected clergy sex crimes and cover ups “so that kids receive protection and victims receive justice and healing,” and

--police, prosecutors and other officials to work “harder and smarter.”  

WHEN

Monday, June 17 at 11:00 am

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the US Federal Courthouse on F Street (between State and Union on north side) in downtown San Diego

WHO

Three-four survivors of sexual assault by Catholic clerics, including a San Diego man who is the local leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and a LA-area woman who is a widely-known survivor, advocate and public speaker


NEWS CONF WED 6/12- Abuse victims blast St. Paul archbishop

Abuse victims blast St. Paul archbishop

SNAP: ‘He’s hiding at least six predator priests’

Two of them are alive & could be around here, the group says

Church officials elsewhere say they’re ‘credibly accused’ abusers

Other bishops have already posted their names on Catholic websites

‘But Abp. Hebda’s hiding them,’ SNAP says ‘And who knows how many others?’

Activists will write the clerics’ names on the sidewalk using chalk

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will

-- blast the Twin Cities Catholic archbishop for ‘hiding’ at least six ‘credibly accused’ child molesting priests, even though they have already been declared ‘credibly accused’ by bishops elsewhere and they’re named as abusers on other church websites, and

-- strongly urge the archbishop to add the names of six alleged child molesting clerics to his website.

They will also

--use chalk to write the names of the credibly accused priests on the sidewalk,

--beg Catholics to push top church officials to be ‘more open & honest’ about abusers and

--prod anyone who has ‘seen, suspected or suffered’ crimes by any Catholic employee or volunteer to ‘come forward to trusted sources of help, like friends, family, therapists, police, prosecutors or support groups – not church officials.’

WHEN

Wednesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside St. Paul Cathedral, 239 Selby Ave. in St Paul

WHO

Four-five child sex abuse victims including a Missouri man who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) and a local man who’s the organization’s long-time Minnesota director

WHY

---1) Using court filings, church records, bishops’ websites and mainstream media accounts, SNAP has discovered and is disclosing the names of six publicly and 'credibly accused' abusive priests who are or were in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese.

But they have attracted little or no media attention here and remain largely ‘under the radar.’ That’s because Twin Cities church officials refuse to disclose and post their names, even though each of the six have been declared ‘credibly accused’ abusers by church officials elsewhere and are on diocesan websites elsewhere.

(See more detail below)


Abuse victims blast La Crosse Catholic officials re: secrecy

Victims blast La Crosse bishop on abuse

SNAP: He leaves several predators off his ‘accused’ list

One priest pleaded ‘no contest’ to child sex crimes in 2021

The cleric also admitted 'sexual contact'

Yet church officials refuse to acknowledge his wrongdoing

“At least five other clerics should be added,” group says

SNAP: Young woman’s pending civil suit attracts no attention

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will

--blast top La Crosse Catholic officials for leaving several “proven, admitted or credibly accused” child molesting clerics off their ‘credibly accused’ abusers list, including a recently admitted and convicted offender,

--urge the new La Crosse bishop to add the names of the accused abusers, and

--prod anyone who has ‘seen, suspected or suffered’ crimes by any Catholic employee or volunteer to ‘come forward as soon as possible to trusted sources of help, like friends, family, therapists, police, prosecutors or support groups – not church officials.’

WHEN

Tuesday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, 530 Main Street (corner of 6th) in downtown La Crosse WI

WHO

Two child sex abuse victims including a Missouri man who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)


Thurs. 5/16, 1pm KC MO presser-New abuse suit filed v. Christian boarding school

Unprecedented abuse suit filed vs. Christian boarding school

Case charges ‘faith-based’ institution ‘brainwashed’ vulnerable teen

It’s filed under new federal law that’s “a big help to sex trafficking victims

Prominent survivor who sued her parents to speak; they face felony charges

SNAP: “But time is running out for MO lawmakers to safeguard children

Group wants more & tougher regulation of controversial ‘faith-based’ facilities

Legislative session ends Friday; No progress yet on protecting kids,’ they say

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child abuse victims will

---disclose and praise a new, barely-noticed federal law that will help abuse and trafficking victims,  

---announce the filing of an unusual civil child sex abuse suit against a Christian boarding school,

---blast Missouri’s attorney general for “doing virtually nothing” to protect boarding school kids and

---beg lawmakers to do so in the waning hours of the legislative session.

WHEN

Thursday May 16 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk just south of the Charles E. Whittaker US Federal Courthouse, 400 E. 9th St., corner of Oak, (in Ilus Davis Park) in Kansas City, MO

WHO

Two-three abuse victims including

--A nationally-known survivor, activist and whistleblower who sued her parents for abusing kids at a Christian reform school who has been profiled in national media including Dateline, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Dr. Oz and an Amazon Prime documentary and numerous media outlets), and

--a St. Louis man who for 30 years headed SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests


Boarding school abuse victims news conf – 11:15am, Wed 5/15 in Jeff City MO

Prominent boarding school abuse victim speaks out

She sued her parents; They now face 100+ felony charges

Now, she blasts AG for “insulting letter & endangering kids

Group to Bailey: "Hold zoom meeting with suffering survivors"

In last minute plea, they call on lawmakers to strengthen child safety laws

WHAT

At a sidewalk news conference, a nationally-known survivor, activist and whistleblower will discuss

--startling new revelations that a Missouri sheriff dealt with at least 15 run-away teens – including two just last Saturday – from a Christian boarding school over the past three years,

-- the upcoming criminal trial of her parents on 100+ felony abuse charges stemming from their years-long severe mistreatment of kids at their boarding school, and

-- her just-resolved unusual civil lawsuit against her mom and dad.

Holding signs and childhood photos, she and other abuse survivors will also reveal a “terse and insulting” letter they recently received from Missouri’s attorney general, and hand-deliver a harshly critical letter to him urging him to

--“stop making excuses and start taking action against these controversial, private, largely unregulated ‘faith-based’ boarding schools," and

--hold a Zoom call soon with dozens of victims to "hear their pain and hopefully become more motivated to protect youngsters in these settings.”

In the waning days of the legislative sessions, they will also beg lawmakers to enact measures to

--impose stricter regulations on these "private, secretive and troubling so-called ‘reform schools’" and

--reform Missouri’s ‘archaic and arbitrary’ laws that protect child predators and their supervisors.

WHEN

Wednesday, May 15 at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the Missouri Attorney General's office, 207 W. High Street (between Broadway and Washington) in Jefferson City

WHO

A nationally-known survivor and activist who helped persuade prosecutors to file charges against her parents for abusing kids at their reform school and a St. Louis child sex abuse victim who for 30 years headed SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)


Tues 5/14/2024 Springfield MO news conference

Victims of boarding school abuse speak out

They allege ‘horrific mistreatment’ at Stockton ‘school

Crucial criminal trial against two owners is set to  start this fall

Survivors beg MO AG to act on growing scandal & meet them on Zoom

Group also asks lawmakers to reform MO's ‘hurtful’ child sex suit deadline


WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child abuse victims and their supporters will

--urge ‘witnesses, whistleblowers and other victims’ of abuse at a now-shuttered southwest Missouri ‘faith-based’ boarding school to contact law enforcement soon, before a crucial criminal trial begins this fall,

--speak publicly for the first time about the horrific experiences (including sexual, physical, emotional and educational abuse) they suffered at two controversial and barely regulated similar facilities in southern Missouri,

--blast Attorney General Andrew Bailey for essentially ignoring a letter they hand-delivered to his office last month which urged him to take three steps to protect kids at these institutions, and

--beg him to meet with and listen to them in a Zoom meeting so he’ll understand their pain.

They will also

--prod lawmakers, in the waning days of this legislative session (which ends Friday) to reform Missouri’s ‘archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly’ statute of limitations on child sexual abuse, and

----urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered abuse at any facilities like these to contact “independent sources of help, like police, prosecutors, therapists, attorneys, loved ones and support groups.”

WHEN

Tuesday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the federal courthouse at 222 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy (between Broadway and Washington) in Springfield MO

WHO

Three women who were sent to these facilities as youngsters and were severely mistreated at a southwest Missouri ‘faith-based’ boarding school.

One is Amanda Householder, a nationally-known survivor, activist and whistleblower who, in a highly unusual move, sued her parents for severely abusing purportedly ‘troubled kids’ at the two now-shuttered Christian reform schools they ran for years. The couple face a trial this fall on 100+ felony charges. (Amanda’s experiences have been profiled on Dateline, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Dr. Oz and an Amazon Prime documentary and numerous media outlets.)

Joining them will be a St. Louis child sex abuse victim (and Drury College grad) who for 30 years headed SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests


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