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: Archdiocese is Targeting Victim in Child Sex Abuse Case

By Maria Keena

April 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s not the first allegation against Father Joseph Jiang.

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Media Statements

National- Victims blast Supreme Court porn ruling

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

In light of today's U.S. Supreme Court child porn ruling, we urge lawmakers to redouble their efforts to deter future child sex crimes and help those who suffer because of these heinous crimes.

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NH- Bishop must "come clean" on Arsenault's alleged sexual misdeeds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

We hope 

---that Msgr. Edward Arsenault (he has not been defrocked) will serve all or most of his sentence, and 

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NY- Round Lake priest arrested, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Round Lake priest was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that he has been released. Even though there is an order of protection for the victim, there could be more victims who have not yet come forward. 

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IL- Twice-accused priest will “self-restrict,” archdiocese claims

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 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)  

The Archdiocese of Chicago says a twice-accused predator priest will stay in a parish, but has supposedly agreed not to be alone with children. 

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Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our actions, we bring healing, prevention and justice.



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