SNAP Media Events

SC--State’s largest church loses three men

Two face recent charges of child sex crimes
 
The 3rd, the head pastor, was fired for “alcohol abuse”
 
Group urges “independent investigation” into “network”
 
“Independent churches are ripe for wrongdoing,” SNAP says
 
WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 
--blast officials at a state-wide mega-church where two volunteers were recently charged with abuse and the ‘founding pastor’ has been fired for “unfortunate choices and decisions,"
 
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes, cover ups or other misconduct there to call secular authorities, not church officials, and
 
--warn church-goers that abuse and cover up is sometimes more prevalent in independent mega-churches that are often started and dominated by powerful personalities and lack any real “checks and balances” that are usually found in more established denominations.


GA--Victim of pedophile priest speaks for first time

Last month, man reached $4.5 million settlement

The convicted child molester now lives in Maryland

But he spent years in Georgia working in five towns

Group wants Savannah bishop to “do aggressive outreach

“With some effort, pedophile might be locked up again,” SNAP says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Georgia man who was repeatedly molested as a boy by the state’s most notorious pedophile priest will speak publicly for the first time about his experiences and his sizeable settlement last month with Savannah Catholic officials. He’ll be joined by his attorney.

And clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--blast Catholic officials in four states for their handling of the priest,

--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” so he might be prosecuted again, and

--beg anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered his crimes” to call police or prosecutors immediately.

 


IL--Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

They predict: “Hastert will try to get out early

Group says “Give us more time to expose predators

It backs both new federal plan and state reform too

SNAP also honors one of Hastert’s victims who spoke up in court

WHAT:

Carrying signs and childhood photos, in the wake of Dennis Hastert’s imprisonment, abuse victims march through downtown Chicago and hold a news conference.


MO--The 50th local St. L area abusive priest is sued

The 50th local St. Louis area abusive priest is sued

Cleric has never been accused or sued before

The victim, Tom Viviano, speaks publicly for 1st time

Two other priests, man says, saw but didn’t stop the crimes

SNAP to others: “Even if perpetrator is dead, it’s important to speak up

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse victim will speak for the first time publicly and disclose that

--his new child sex abuse and cover up case is being filed,

--it “outs” a never-before-accused local Catholic priest, and

--at least two other priests saw the abuse happened but did not stop it.


RI--Victims prod bishop on accused priests

Victims prod RI bishop on accused priests

He’s keeping names of at least 95 accused clerics hidden

Five other predators abused elsewhere but worked in RI

Support group discloses their identities & pushes for “openness

It says Catholic officials “endanger kids” with “continued secrecy

Bishop should also post child molesting clerics' names, victims say

SNAP: “Roughly thirty other bishops across the US have done this

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that at least

--95 accused predator priests in Rhode Island remain hidden, and

--five predator priests who abused elsewhere also worked in RI but have attracted little or no public or media attention here.


CT--Predator priest case goes to Supreme Court

Predator priest case goes to Supreme Court

Cleric claims 15 year old basically consented

Victims group deplores “mean-spirited legal hardball

SNAP also prods archbishop to post pedophiles’ name

About 30 US Catholic officials have taken this “safety step

WHAT

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

--an unusual clergy sex case has been accepted by the CT Supreme Court,

--it’s against a never-before-accused priest who lived in CT for 65 years, and

--it focuses on whether a 15 year old victim “consented” because he didn’t fight back when he was being assaulted.


KS--New abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed

New abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed

It’s against big Lenexa non-denominational church

Officials there knew man had molested others before

Still, they let him volunteer at Vacation Bible School

And he assaulted two young kids and is now in prison

He told one girl he’d go after her youngster sister if she didn’t comply

SNAP: Independent ‘mega-churches’ are “next frontier” in abuse cases

WHAT

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

-- disclose a new civil abuse and cover up lawsuit against a large KC area mega-church, and

-- urge parents and congregation members to require these churches to enact policies to protect children.

The group predicts that more and more sex scandals are emerging and will continue to emerge in large, independent ‘mega-churches’ because their pastors are often very powerful and charismatic and there’s little or no lay oversight or church hierarchy that might hold predatory preachers accountable.


IL--Archdiocese, Claretian Order “not truthful” about admitted predator

Media:

http://www.univision.com/noticias/abuso-infantil/rompe-el-silencio-victima-de-abuso-sexual-por-parte-del-padre-wellems-video

Press Event:

Victim of former Back of the Yards priest speaks out

Archdiocese, Claretian Order “not truthful” about admitted predator
 
He was put back in ministry after admitting abuse in 1995
 
Now, church officials withholding “new information,” possible other victims
 
Community mislead about risk
 
Man abused by cleric to hand-deliver “list of questions” to both groups about ongoing cover-up
 
“Time of ‘passing the buck’” must stop, victim says
What: 
At a press conference, the victim of admitted child predator and former Back of the Yards priest Rev. Bruce Wellems, CMF will speak out in Chicago for the first time. 

 


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