Get the latest updates from SNAP Network.

Criminal Charges for the Church? Why a Federal Prosecutor Thinks Cover-up of Abuse Is Worth Investigating Now

By Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker,  NBC 10 Philadelphia Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury subpoenas to dioceses throughout Pennsylvania as he tries to build a federal criminal case centered on child exploitation. U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has a head start on the work, given the sweeping state grand jury report released this summer, which found that 301 priests molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades. McSwain, a Harvard Law School graduate and former Marine sniper platoon commander, was appointed by President Trump and took office just four months ago.

USC Reaches Settlement with nearly 500 survivors

For immediate release, October 19 2018 Today the University of Southern California announced it has reached a settlement with the nearly 500 former patients of a campus doctor who had accused him of serial sexual abuse.

Federal Investigation expands to the Diocese of Buffalo

For immediate release, October 19 2018 Yesterday we learned about a sweeping investigation by the Department of Justice into Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Today we have learned that the investigation is wider than we thought.

Victims to leaflet church-goers in New Orleans

Victims to leaflet church-goers - Monday @ 12:30 pm (after 12:05 pm Mass)   Victims to leaflet church-goers They prod Catholics & Archbishop on abuse SNAP wants to know whereabouts of accused priests Group says list of alleged predators is "long overdue" & "inadequate" WHAT Handing out fliers to parishioners as they leave the church, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will announce they are: --writing to all 5 Louisiana Bishops asking for the "immediate release" of the names and whereabouts of all Church employees proven, admitted or credibly accused of child sexual abuse, --prodding those Bishops to be "very inclusive" with the lists, and --urging lay Catholics to donate elsewhere until Church officials do better at protecting children.

Abuse victims beg LA Attorney General Landry to initiate statewide investigation

Abuse victims beg LA Attorney General Landry to initiate statewide investigation They want professionally staffed hotline for victims to report sexual abuse They also urge local police & prosecutors to "be more aggressive"  “Law enforcement must do more,” group says, “if children are to be better protected” WHAT Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference clergy sex abuse victims will, in the wake of a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about Catholic clergy sex crimes and cover ups: --beg Louisiana's attorney general to probe clergy sex crimes & cover ups,   --urge him to join a dozen other states and launch a statewide grand jury-style investigation, --prod local prosecutors across the state to take similar steps, and --ask all law enforcement personnel in the state to use their resources to ask, beg, and encourage victims, witnesses and whistle blowers to report known or suspected crimes and cover ups to secular authorities.

Survivor Group pushes governor on predator priests

They want him to order AG to use subpoenas SNAP also wants Hawley to delay & expand abuse inquiry "Make no announcement until after election day," they urge Otherwise, probe will be "politicized" and "hurtful," victims argue WHAT  Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand deliver a letter to Missouri's governor urging him to insist that the state attorney general  --use subpoena powers to expand a statewide clergy sex abuse inquiry,  --question Catholic officials, in Jeff City & elsewhere, under oath, and --use state resources to prod victims, witnesses & whistleblowers to come forward soon.

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



Your interest and support enables us to build SNAP's healing model as we deliver the programs and services that advance SNAPs Mission.

Choose Amount:

As Featured In

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Silver Participant