Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clergy sex victims applaud; sex abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

We’re thrilled that this brave victim may now finally have his chance to seek justice against corrupt Catholic officials who ignored and concealed horrific child sex crimes. Only through sworn testimony and hard evidence in legal proceedings is the truth about church complicity ever exposed.

Shame on the Catholic hierarchy for even trying to exploit legal technicalities and evade responsibility for this child molesting clerics. Bishops should fight abuse victims, if they must, on the merits, not on technicalities.

We hope this sounds, sensitive ruling will prompt others who have been sexually violated by clergy to come forward, get help, expose predators, protect kids and start healing.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 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, 314-645-5915 home, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Nevada Supreme Court keeps Catholic sex abuse case

The Associated Press - Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 | 6:24 p.m.

The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to dismiss a sexual abuse suit involving the Catholic Church, bringing new hope to a Las Vegas man who says he was abused by a Wisconsin priest as a teenager.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday that the Supreme Court has allowed the 23-year-old case to move forward. The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay sought a pretrial dismissal because the statute of limitations had expired.

The 2008 suit alleges that the Rev. John P. Feeney molested the Las Vegas man twice when he was a 13-year-old student.

Feeney was discharged by the Wisconsin diocese after sexual abuse allegations arose in 1983. He later relocated to Las Vegas.

Feeney was convicted of four counts of sexually abusing minors in Wisconsin in 2004.

Information from: Las Vegas Sun,

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