Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

If you've been victimized by clergy, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who've been hurt just like you have. Together, we can heal one another.

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others). We are an independent and confidential organization, with no connections with the church or church officials. We are also a non-profit, certified 501 (c) (3) organization and we are here to help.

SNAP was founded by Chicago's Barbara Blaine in 1988. Since then, SNAP has helped thousands of survivors. We offer support in person, (via monthly self-help group meetings in chapters across the country), over the phone, online, and twice-a-year at national meetings.

We also provide a safe and productive outlet for the passion many survivors feel toward preventing future abuse.

Our website exists to provide support and knowledge to all victims of clergy abuse, to help educate the public, and to help ensure that in future generations, children will be safe. If you need help navigating this site, please click here to view some helpful tutorials.

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STORY OF THE DAY


SNAP’s clergy abuse victims mark 25 years and eye new targets

By David Gibson

July 29, 2014

(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were.

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Media Statements

WA- Predator ex-priest dies, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A priest and the former director of seminarians for the Seattle Archdiocese has died. We hope he is not given a burial of a priest in good standing.

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CA- Child molesting Buddhist teacher dies, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com) 

A leading figure in the Zen Buddhist movement in the US, who had dozens of abuse allegations against him, has died.

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TX- Admitted predator priest now has 2 jobs; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Priest who pled guilty is back on the job

Dallas bishop quietly transferred him to new posts 

Just three years ago, he admitted to “inappropriate touching” 

But some allegations against the cleric go back almost 40 years

The Catholic bishop of Dallas has quietly put back on the job a priest who pleaded no contest three years ago to misdemeanor assault charges for inappropriately touching of a 14-year-old girl, a support group has learned.

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MO- Minister who headed state board goes on trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A child sex abuse and cover up trial started yesterday against a Kansas City pastor who is the former head of the State Board of Education.

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