Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

BOLIVIA- Brave men arrested for attempting to deliver letter to Pope

For immediate release Friday July 10, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

Three young men have been arrested in Bolivia (and apparently held for 14 hours) after trying to deliver a letter to Pope Francis about a controversial Chilean bishop the pontiff promoted.


IA--Predator priest “outed” for first time

He worked at three Iowa Catholic parishes

He’s a “credibly accused child molester,” church admits

Long secret records about him were just released last week

More hidden documents will be disclosed in the months ahead

A Catholic priest who worked in the Des Moines Catholic diocese has been publicly identified for the first time as a “credibly accused” child molester and a victims group wants local church officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who may have been hurt by him.

He is Fr. Paul Kabat. According to the Official Catholic Directory, he worked in three Iowa towns: Milo (from 1995 to 1998), Council Bluffs (1992 to 1995) and Logan (from 1985 to 1992).


MN--Statement re Duluth area predators

Statement by Verne Wagner, Duluth SNAP director

We belong to a support group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). We’re here to discuss the newly-outed five predator priests who have worked in Duluth. We’re here to warn parents and the public about the two of them who are still alive. And we’re here today to prod Duluth Catholic officials to find some courage, do what’s right, disclose more information and take real steps – not cosmetic ones, not superficial ones – to protect kids.

Let’s start with the obvious, the simple and the pressing: One of these clerics, Fr. Charland, is a psychologist in the Twin Cities. Other than being a priest, could there possibly be a more dangerous job for a child molester to have? http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/oblate-names-released


OH--PA--Cleric who worked in Dayton and Pittsburgh abused girl with turkey baster

For immediate release: Thursday, July 9

For more information:  David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Cleric who worked in Dayton abused girl with turkey baster

He pled guilty and now his sentencing hearing is being held

A Catholic cleric who spent time in the Cincinnati archdiocese abused a girl with a turkey baster and was “a sadist,” a court in Australia was told this week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-08/catholic-brother-a-brazen-offender-who-grossly-abused-trust/6604270 


MO--Three Springfield predators are just "outed"

For immediate release: Thursday, July 9

For more information:

David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Three predator priests “outed” for first time

All worked in the Springfield Catholic diocese


CA--Victims back move to rescind Cosby presidential medal

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 8

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We applaud the move to rescind Bill Cosby’s presidential medal. We urge politicians of all parties and at all levels to publicly endorse this effort. It’s a no-brainer. But it’s an important move that will bring some healing to rape victims and maybe give pause even one potential rapist or give pause to those who may publicly defend accused rapists.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gateway-to-dc/mccaskill-says-she-d-support-effort-to-take-back-cosby/article_0a211d1c-b8e7-5eb6-8a71-0ad6fedf7a73.html


Oblate predators in MO & IL

FACT SHEET about credibly accused Oblate predator priests in IL & MO (7/8/2015)

Records about seven predator priests who worked in this area are being released as part of a lawsuit settlement. More litigation against their church supervisors is pending, so more information about them will be disclosed in the months ahead.


WI--Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

 

Archdiocese of Milwaukee making good its "spend down" threat to prevent restitution to victims of clergy sex abuse
 
Archbishop Listecki filing expensive and pointless appeal to US Supreme Court, deposing victims, and piling up the legal fees

CA--Group praises LAPD & urges Cosby victims to “act now”

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434,jcasteix@gmail.com)

We’re thrilled that the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed it is investigating Bill Cosby, and we beg anyone who may have seen, suffered his crimes to come forward ASAP.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/07/07/chloe-goins-lawyer-says-criminal-investigation-into-bill-cosby-ongoing-unsealed/


NC--Victims applaud new ruling in pedophile priest case

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We’re grateful a new court ruling will let a pedophile priest case move forward and we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the cleric or cover ups by his church superiors to step forward.

http://www.wxii12.com/news/NC-Appeals-Court-allows-priest-sex-abuse-lawsuit-to-proceed/34035848


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