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Settlement with Pa. victims of ex-Warren JFK priest totals $8 million

These very brave victims are to be commended for their courage and determination to get help and expose serial child predator, Br.Stephen Baker. We hope they feel some sense of justice and can start to heal.

This case just goes to show how dangerous child predators can be, plus how many innocent kids can be harmed by just one predator and several church officials who cover up these sex crimes. Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.
So let's hope that any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Br.Stephen Baker, will come forward, get help, and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened.
Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

October 22, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. suggest removal

Abuse by Franciscan friar nets $8M for 88 victims

These very brave victims are to be commended for their courage and determination to get help and expose serial child predator, Br.Stephen Baker. We hope they feel some sense of justice and can start to heal.

This case just goes to show how dangerous child predators can be, plus how many innocent kids can be harmed by just one predator and several church officials who cover up these sex crimes. Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.
So let's hope that any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Br.Stephen Baker, will come forward, get help, and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened.
Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

October 21, 2014 at 5:18 p.m. suggest removal

100 interviewed in sexual abuse probe of ex-coach, -editor

These victims are to be commended for coming forward about being sexually abused. Thankfully because of news coverage about this case, more victims are now speaking up which can help the sheriff to be able to prosecute.
Something to keep in mind-
Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and
sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse. They devote lots of time and energy building trust with their victims by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved, we must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she couldn't have done that! It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn't some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

And we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he's automatically safe. It's just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

It takes a ton of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by coach Don McCormack, will find the courage to contact police, no matter when it happened. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Children are safest when child predators are behind bars.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, ( all denominations, nuns, teachers, rabbis, bishops, ministers, coaches, institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc)

September 14, 2014 at 2:26 p.m. suggest removal

Austintown man accused of having sex with 14-year-old

Something to keep in mind: Anyone who has been taken across state lines and was sexually abused, it is a federal crime and the statute of limitations is much more lenient than the predator friendly Ohio state statute for child sex crimes. Please find the courage to speak up and report it to the FBI. Children are safest when child predators are kept behind bars.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, all denominations, nuns, teachers, rabbis, bishops, ministers, institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc

August 29, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. suggest removal

Former deacon, teacher in Mahoning County loses teaching license

Quoted: "The charter does not apply to any action that occurred prior to ordination, the news release stated. It continued, “When the diocese receives an allegation about a lay person, it is reported to the civil authorities and the person is placed on administrative leave until the result of the civil investigation is known. If the allegation is proved true or credible, the person is dismissed.”---

In other words, the allegations were proved to be true and credible, Why did Bishop Murry not make this public so that parents could protect their children?

It's extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

August 8, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. suggest removal

Former deacon, Mooney and St. Christine teacher stripped of teaching license

Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by deacon/teacher Ernest Formichelli, will find the courage to come forward, get help, and contact law enforcement or the county prosecutor, no matter how long ago it happened.

It's extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

August 8, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. suggest removal

Pope’s edict affects local Mafia boss

Quoted by Francis, “Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.” ----
Yes, Pope Francis excommunicated the Mafia... But he has yet to excommunicate even one of his bishops who continues to enable and empower their child predator clerics who ruin children's lives. Not one has been fired, demoted or punished. Plus just a couple of weeks ago, Fr Robinson of Toledo, who died in prison for viciously killing a nun, got to have a full priestly Catholic burial. ----Something is terribly wrong with this picture.
Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

July 27, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. suggest removal

Pope’s edict affects local Mafia boss

Quoted by Francis, “Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.” ----
Yes, Pope Francis excommunicated the Mafia... But he has yet to excommunicate even one of his bishops who continue to enable and empower their child predator clerics who ruin children's lives. Not one has been fired, demoted or punished. Plus just a couple of weeks ago, Fr Robinson of Toledo, who died in prison for viciously killing a nun, got to have a full priestly Catholic burial. ----Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day, including Youngstown's own Bishop Murry. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.
Pope Francis takes strong action against lay parishioners who commit horrible crimes, I'll bite they needed to be, but he takes no action to hold his high ranking church officials accountable for their horrible crimes of covering up.

Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day.
Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

July 27, 2014 at 12:09 p.m. suggest removal

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse cases

Before we have another apology, victims want decisive actions from the pope to get this sex abuse stopped.
Pope Francis meeting with victims and his words: "all bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable." --- does not protect one child today.
Sadly it's just more words and vague promises coming from the Vatican.

--Until bishops, cardinals, and church officials are held accountable, demoted, and fired for having covered up and who are still covering up sex crimes against innocents kids, nothing has changed. He is just saying more words.

--Until the full truth is exposed and church officials turn over all secret documents of child sex crimes and the names of the predator clerics/employees to law enforcement, the church will never be a safe place for children.

It is time for Pope Francis to stop making promises and take decisive actions NOW to get this abuse of power and the cover up of these crimes stopped because it is still going on throughout the world today.
Victims of clergy sex abuse within this church system have been through enough pain and torture. The pope saying more words and not taking actions, only adds to that hurt and pain, they want "actions" so that no other child will ever be sexually abused like them.

Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511 <snapjudy@gmail.com>
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

July 8, 2014 at 2:58 p.m. suggest removal

Former day care center owners sue local church, Bishop Murry

We suspect Youngstown Catholic officials did the right thing here. But why won't they act with similar decisiveness against their own child molesters? (There are over ten of them who worked in this diocese)
We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes anywhere in day care centers and employees in schools and churches to contact police. And especially the Youngstown diocese should warn others about sex offenders.

Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems, so silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

June 20, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. suggest removal

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