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  • Melanie Jula Sakoda
    Link: http://pokrov.org/display.asp?ds=Article&id=797 Article: Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Reach Out To Others At Big Greek Food Festival Author: Survivors
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      Link: http://pokrov.org/display.asp?ds=Article&id=797

      Article: Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Reach Out To Others At Big Greek
      Food Festival

      Author: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests(SNAP)

      Date Published: 9/26/2008

      Publication: Pokrov

      They Offer Help To Anyone Who Was Hurt by Prominent Serial Predator
      Priest

      Those Who "Saw, Suspected or Suffered" His Crimes Should Call Police,
      Group Says

      Because Alleged Offender May Have Fled the Country; SNAP Wants Church
      To Warn Families

      WHAT
      As people enter a huge, popular annual Dallas event, clergy sex abuse
      victims will hand out flyers about a notorious predatory priest who
      faces a civil child sex abuse and cover up trial next month. The
      leaflets urge anyone who
      -- saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to 'come forward, get help,
      and call the law,' and
      -- knows the predator's current whereabouts to call police

      The group is also urging
      -- festival-goers to ask their friends and family if this child-
      molesting clergyman hurt anyone they know, and
      -- congregants to prod the church hierarchy into working harder to
      find victims and prevent others.

      WHEN
      TODAY, Friday, Sept. 26, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

      WHERE
      Outside the Greek Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox
      Church, 13555 Hillcrest (at Alpha), in Dallas, TX

      WHO
      Three victims of predatory priests who are also members of a support
      group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
      (SNAPnetwork.org) including a Missouri woman who is on the
      organization's national staff

      WHY
      For 28 years, Fr. Nicholas E. Katinas worked at Holy Trinity, the
      most prominent Greek Orthodox church in Dallas. He faces at least
      five allegations of sexually abusing children in Dallas during his
      time there. The civil trial is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Dallas.

      SNAP suspects that others at the parish and in the community have
      information about him and his crimes. The group wants to find and
      help anyone who was molested by him.

      Defendants in the Dallas lawsuit are Katinas, the Holy Trinity Greek
      Orthodox Church in Dallas, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver,
      and the 1.5 million member Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
      (Goarch.org). The most recent lawsuit against Katinas was filed
      earlier this month in Chicago by a victim who alleges Katinas abused
      him in Illinois prior to his being transferred to Holy Trinity in
      Dallas.

      Katinas, now in his early 70s, is believed to have left the country
      and was last known to be living in Rhodes, Greece. In January, he was
      reportedly defrocked.

      Some of his victims are represented by attorneys Tahira Khan Merritt
      of Dallas (214 503 7300), Marc Pearlman of Chicago (312 261 4554),
      and Jeff Anderson of Minnesota (612 817 8665 cell, 651 227 9990).

      CONTACT
      Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003
      cell, 314 862 7688
      David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790
      cell, 314 645 5915
      Lisa Kendzior, SNAP Dallas Director 817 773 5907 cell
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