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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Priest closer to extradition: Accused Minnesota priest in India since 2005 abuse allegations

By Forum News Service

September 15, 2014

A Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls a decade ago at a Greenbush, Minn., parish is one step closer to being extradited from his home country of India to the U.S. to face charges in Roseau County.

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Media Statements

MN- Fugitive Indian predator priest loses appeal

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277,

A credibly accused predatory Indian priest has lost another court ruling and is now one step closer to facing a trial in Minnesota. For the safety of children and the healing of victims, we hope he will be extradited soon. – MN law re grand juries

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NJ--Rutgers mocking "Ped State" is callous

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 16

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (

Students and staff at Rutgers should be ashamed of themselves for their callous, juvenile, mocking Ped State displays.    


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MS--Catholic teacher arrested on child sex charges

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 15

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

A veteran Catholic teacher, Richard Pryor, has been indicted for allegedly molesting students on out of state trips. Our hearts ache for these 11 boys and their families.   

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TX--SNAP Urges Orthodox Bishops to Act Together to Protect Kids

For immediate release: Monday, September 15, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga,CA, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175,

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will hold its fifth annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, from September  15th through the 18th. The meeting will begin with a Pan-Orthodox Doxology at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Monday night.  

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