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).

TX--Founder of Protect LDS Children facing church discipline, SNAP responds

For immediate release, September 5, 2018

Statement by Michael Norris, Volunteer SNAP Houston Leader, 713-855-9178,

Sam Young, founder of Protect LDS Children, recently received a letter from the Mormon Church, summoning him to an excommunication hearing in Houston on Sunday, September 9th.

Mr. Young has been on a campaign to raise awareness about the negative impact of sexually explicit one-on-one interviews that take place in the LDS Church. The Bishops who conduct these interviews do not receive any special training, nor are they subject to background checks. Mr. Young’s organization has documented the very real harm suffered by children during this completely unregulated process.

Yet another bishop seeks a self-serving investigation under the guise of "transparency"

For immediate release, August 31, 2018

Statement by Melanie Sakoda, Volunteer SNAP Secretary, 925-708-6175,

Today Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City announced that he has hired a law firm to review allegations of sexual abuse in the archdiocese.

However, in our eyes the Archbishop's plan falls far short. Pennsylvania's grand jury report on six Catholic dioceses established the bench mark that should be followed in all other investigations.

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