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).

Survivors Respond: Cardinal McCarrick removed from ministry for allegation of sexual abuse

For immediate release, June 20, 2018, Tim Lennon, President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP),, 415-312-5820

The former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has been removed from ministry in response to allegations he sexually abused a teen.

Cardinal McCarrick is well known to survivors as a person who protected the church hierarchy at the cost of children and minors. He lobbied against reforming the restrictive Statute of Limitation laws, opposed having priests report sexual abuse of children to the police, and criticized victims who delayed reporting because memories of their horrific trauma was repressed.

OH--Survivors Alerted: Accused priest working in Youngstown parish

Survivors Alerted: Accused priest working in Youngstown parish

For immediate release: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511,

SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" has learned from a concerned parishioner of the Youngstown Diocese, that credibly accused priest, Fr John Hammer, is working and living at St Michael parish in Canton, OH.

According to historic records, Hammer was removed from the Youngstown Diocese in 2002 after admitting to abuse of altar boy in 1980-1983. He was then moved to the Saginaw Mi diocese and was also accused of abuse there. 

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