PA--Another lawsuit vs. Penn State SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 8

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790[email protected])

We applaud James Vivenzio for exposing dangerous hazing at Penn State.

We’ve long charged that much of the school’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal is smoke and mirrors. This new case confirms our worst fears – that Penn State officials still deal with violence and abuse poorly. 

It’s ever easy to disclose one’s victimization and it’s especially hard for a young person to do this. So we admire Mr. Vivenzio and hope his courage will prompt others who were hurt in similarly reckless and cruel “ceremonies” and “traditions” to step up, get help, expose misdeeds and deter crimes and cover ups.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, S[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (


Whistleblower: Penn State Ignored Frat Abuse Complaints

June 8, 2015 12:33 PM - By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lawsuit was filed today in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against Penn State University, the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, and others, over hazing practices that were allegedly ignored by the university despite their being violent and dangerous.

James Vivenzio was pledging KDR last year and, according to the lawsuit, was burned  . . .

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