Media Statements

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).

Lawsuit Alleges “Systemic” Abuse at D.C. Synagogue

For immediate release: April 16, 2019

To ignore warnings and expressions of concern about a child care worker brought forward by one person is bad enough, but for an educator to disregard repeated reports by both parents and teachers is unconscionable. 

We have no first hand knowledge about the allegations of “systemic” child sexual abuse at the Edlavitch Tyser Early Childhood Center. However, we know that false allegations of child sexual abuse are extremely rare, so our hearts ache for the children and their families who have filed police reports and are suing the Center. We hope that the boys and girls involved are getting the therapy and support they need.


The Problems with “Credibility” and Review Boards


Diocese of Kansas City Finally Begins Work on List of Accused Clerics


Pope Benedict Shifts the Blame for Clergy Sex Abuse

Pope Benedict is again rubbing salt into the wounds of victims and trying to burnish his own deservedly-tarred reputation by blaming others for the church's decades-old abuse and cover up crisis.


SNAP Grateful to Jurors in New Mexico Abuse Case

For immediate release: April 11, 2019

We are relieved that Fr. Arthur Perrault, accused of molesting more than 30 children, has been found guilty. We are grateful to the jurors for listening to the painful testimony heard in this case and for reaching a just verdict.​


Bishop in India Charged with Rape, SNAP Reacts

We are deeply grateful that Indian law enforcement are formally charging a bishop with raping a nun. It is rare that a top Catholic official faces criminal charges, so this is a significant step forward towards a safer church and society for all. We hope Bishop Franco Mullakkal faces trial soon.


Priest Named on San Diego’s List Must be Added to Pittsburgh’s List

According to a recently published list, a priest who had been removed from his duties for abusing children also has connections to Pittsburgh.


Diocese of Des Moines Posts List of Clergy Accused of Abuse, SNAP Urges Further Outreach

We are grateful that the Diocese of Des Moines has published a list of clergy accused of abuse. This move is the first step that church officials in Des Moines can take towards protecting children in their diocese and helping survivors heal.


Priest who Allegedly Abused Man in New Jersey Remains in Ministry in Brazil


SNAP Supports the Passage of Vermont Bill H.330

A proposed change to Vermont law that would help protect children and support survivors of child sexual abuse, H.330, has passed in the House and is now with the Senate Committee on Judiciary.


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