Following in the footsteps of other organizations with similar legacies of sexual abuse and secrecy, including Roman Catholic dioceses and U.S.A. Gymnastics, the Boy Scouts of America today filed for bankruptcy protection. Our biggest concern is that this bankruptcy will prevent survivors from having the opportunity to hold the scouts accountable in court, as well as to learn what was known about their abuser, when it was known, and who knew it.
We applaud law enforcement in Cleveland for their thorough investigation of Fr. Robert McWilliams. The Catholic clergyman was originally arrested for possessing child pornography. Now, according to media reports, there is also evidence of “child prostitution” and "“hands on physical abuse.”
The Diocese of Richmond in Virginia has announced their plans to create a compensation fund for survivors of clergy abuse. While we appreciate the gesture, we hope that survivors in Virginia will carefully consider their options before signing on.
U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey said he told Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond that Greg Bensel, the Saint’s vice president of communications, could help manage the release. What exactly the NFL team did for the Archdiocese is now being scrutinized in a state court.
Despite finding the allegations of abuse credible, prosecutors cannot move forward with charges against a prominent priest from Bakersfield. Our hearts ache for the four victims who came forward with allegations and we hope that this story encourages others who experienced abuse to come forward and make a report today.
A bill in the South Dakota House of Representatives could help prevent future cases of sexual abuse and support survivors of sexual abuse today. SNAP stands in support of HB 1196 and we urge legislators in South Dakota to take up and pass this meaningful reform in this session.
A state hearing before a court-appointed special master that will discuss emails exchanged by the New Orleans Saints and Catholic officials from the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be open to the public. We applaud this decision and are grateful that the public will have the opportunity to be involved in the next step of this critical battle for transparency.
Former Seminary Teacher in Buffalo Stalks Journalist Covering Scandals in the Diocese, SNAP Stands in Support of the Journalist
News of a member of the media being stalked for reporting the truth is disturbing and highlights an ongoing concern of advocates, not just in Buffalo, but nationwide.
In late 2018, the Diocese of Steubenville publicly named 16 priests that have been removed from their duties due to “credible” allegations of sexual abuse. Now, we are calling on them to update their list to include the names of twelve additional abusers who spent time in the Diocese of Steubenville.
Rhode Island Priest Grossly Misrepresents the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse, SNAP Calls for a Public Apology
A priest in Rhode Island last week used his bully pulpit to make ignorant and insensitive comments about clergy sexual abuse and now we are calling on Catholic officials in Rhode Island to publicly censure this cleric and denounce his remarks.