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'Irish survivors deserve more respect' - global clergy abuse group calls for removal of three cardinals at World Meeting of Families

By Rachel Farrell, August 10 2018, The Independent The group has written an open letter to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to request three things from Pope Francis, including the removal of the cardinals A group of global clergy abuse survivors has called on the removal of three cardinals from speaking at the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) at the end of the month. A vast line up of speakers are scheduled to speak at the event in Knock and Dublin on August 25 and 26.  The abuse survivors have delivered a letter to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the hopes of removing Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Cardinal Donald Wuerl from the WMOF speaker line up.

The disgraced former head of the Twin Cities Archdiocese, John Nienstedt, still saying Masses in California's wine country

For immediate release, Monday, August 13, 2018Statement by:  Tim Lennon, President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned in shame as Minnesota's top Catholic churchman in June 2015. The archbishop left his archdiocese shortly after it was charged criminally with “failure to protect children." Archbishop Nienstedt’s successor publicly admitted that this was indeed the case.

MK Safety Net responds: Missionary doctor won't face sex assault trial

For immediate release: Thursday, August 2, 2018 Statement by SNAP Chapter MK Safety Net Dianne Couts, President   MK Safety Net is greatly disappointed that Dr. Donn Ketcham will never stand trial. Some of his victims, who were MKs (missionary kids) in Bangaladesh when he molested them, have once again been the ones to suffer. For over a year and a half the dread of having to testify against him in court has hung over their heads as the trial was postponed again and again.  Yesterday the court ruled that, due to his Parkinson's disease and failing memory, Donn Ketcham was not competent to stand trial because he would not be able to defend himself.

WI--Fort Atkinson priest expected to enter plea on six counts of felony child sexual assault

Fort Atkinson priest expected to enter plea on six counts of felony child sexual assault Initially denied by the diocese of Madison, Fr. William Nolan also had a 2009 prior report of misconduct CONTACT: Peter Isely, SNAP founding member, 414.429.7259/ WHO:  Survivors of clergy sexual abuse will be in court Thursday as Fr. William Nolan, age 64, a priest of the diocese of Madison, is arraigned on six counts of felony sexual assault of a child where he is expected to enter a plea on the charges.

Church Victims of Sexual Abuse Celebrate its 30th Anniversary in Chicago

The oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings celebrates its 30th anniversary in Chicago SNAP supporters come together for information, healing, empowerment, and exposing abuse Experts, Journalists, International Figures converge for this landmark eventWhat:  Survivors, their supporters, and advocates will gather in Chicago this weekend to attend the 15th annual SNAP conference and to celebrate its 30th anniversary. SNAP, The Survivors Network ( was founded in Chicago in 1988. Where/When:  July 6-8, 2018The Palmer House Hilton 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 **Media should inquire at SNAP CONFERENCE CHECK-IN and ask for Judy Jones, Steve Spaner, Tim Lennon or Melanie Sakoda**

Rally -- Survivors Call on Pennsylvania Legislators to Reform Statute of Limitation Laws

For immediate release, June 8, 2018 Survivors Call on Pennsylvania Legislators to Reform Statute of Limitation Laws Children must be protected Survivors of Sexual Abuse Call for Help and Assistance Hold Perpetrators Accountable for Their Crimes Hold Institutions and Officials Accountable for Their Complicity in Cover Ups What Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Rozzi leads the call to reform archaic statute of limitation (SOL) laws that fail to protect children and fail to hold child sexual predators accountable. He calls on legislators and Catholic Bishops to help all victims. And Rep. Rozzi wants SOL laws that hold predators accountable for their crimes and hold those complicit in hiding crimes to be held accountable. Rep. Rozzi calls us a rally.

We Honor Richard Sipe and Mourn His Passing

Another warrior has fallen. 

Sadly, A.W. Richard Sipe passed away on August 8th. He was a courageous soul who did battle with the ignorance, arrogance, and mindless authoritarianism of the largest institution in the world, the Roman Catholic Church. He engaged with passion and argued with facts and research. He stood alongside survivors and fought with us and for us. He was a comrade in arms, linked to all of us.

Richard Sipe

Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Richard recognized his heroism and courage, which may not be apparent to those on the outside. We shall carry our warm memories forward and keep them close. Richard was indeed a hero, and his bravery will inspire us as we continue to move forward. He will be sorely missed.

We here at SNAP honor A. W. Richard Sipe and mourn his passing.

SNAP Board of Directors

Richard spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest and trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of priests. He conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. He served as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Richard is known internationally for his many books and studies. 

Here, Richard and Phil Saviano discuss the church's response to allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.

Richard has four books on SNAP's recommended reading list: Courage At Three AM, Sex, Priests and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis, Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse, and Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited


2018 SNAP Conference in Chicago

The conference was a great success and we really appreciate your feedback. SNAP will strive to make next year’s conference even better using the information that you shared with us. We want to share with you some of the highlights of those evaluations.

This was the first year that we lived streamed the conference. We experienced some technical difficulties that we will work to correct before next year’s conference. The links for the videos are listed after the conference evaluation highlights.

Thank you,

The SNAP Conference Committee

Overall impression

  • Great, Wonderful, Excellent, Fantastic, Awesome
  • Moving in the right direction
  • Ecumenical
  • Supportive, Rewarding, Powerful
  • Very well put together
  • Great Speakers
  • Most Fun
  • Smaller numbers disappointing
  • Informative, Positive
  • Broad Scope of Speakers
  • Gave Great Hope and Gratitude
  • Thrilled to view on YouTube
  • Much better than last year

Most Helpful

  • Speakers-Victor Vieth, Tom Doyle, Guila Benchimol, Torah Bontrager, Ashley Easter, Chrissie Foster, B. A.
  • Breakouts- Kate Bochte, Bill Jenkins, Gong Wash Dr Marny Turvill
  • Interaction with other survivors
  • Meeting friends, making new ones
  • Survivors telling their stories
  • Strength of speakers
  • Relationships
  • Inspired by research and progress all over the world
  • Variety of breakout sessions
  • Feeling of being connected
  • It gave me Hope
  • YouTube Videos

One Thing to Change

  • More guidance and resources
  • Improve technical issues/power points
  • Longer breaks, shorter days, more days
  • Catering
  • Leadership connection with attendees
  • Less options on breakouts
  • First Timers’ Q & A session
  • More international speakers
  • Change SNAP name not food stamps
  • Longer Lunchtime
  • Better translators
  • Improve the live streaming

Watch the SNAP Conference Online!

Conference Video Links

Watch Time 474 hours, 2,201 views, 68 likes, 2 dislikes, 64 shares

Friday - Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda , International Panel

Saturday - Victor Vieth

Saturday - Tom Doyle, Michell Garabedian

Saturday – Torah Bontrager, Bishops Accountability

Saturday – Chrissie Foster

Sunday – Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Founders Award, Tim Lennon

Happy Watching!


Take Action

Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line



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