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).

Diocese of Baton Rouge Releases Names of Accused Priests

Another Priest Removed from the Diocese of Oakland for Abuse Complaints

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to Texas Bishops: it’s not enough

SNAP applauds the release of lists but says that true transparency comes through investigations and urge independent authorities to “trust but verify.”

As advocates and survivors of clergy sexual abuse, we believe that any and all transparency is to be applauded coming from a closed and secret culture such as the Roman Catholic Church. The releasing of these names is at least one small step towards transparency. Still, we are concerned that these lists might not be as transparent as promised.

United Nations Questions Laws that Protect Abusive Priests

Ridgeland Man Files Lawsuit for Abuse he Suffered in 2004 as a 9 Year Old

For immediate release, January 31, 2019

A man from Ridgeland, MS has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Jackson alleging that he was abused in 2004 as a 9 year old. We applaud this brave man for taking action to expose clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Jackson diocese.

Jesuits Keeping Students and Staff at Fordham University in the Dark

Despite pledges to be transparent, Northeast Jesuit officials  refused to tell Fordham University students and staff if any abusive clerics were living on-campus.

Twice Accused NYC Priest Allowed to Continue Working in Southern California

New York Passes the Child Victims Act, SNAP responds

We applaud the New York State assembly for taking this much-needed step towards prevention, justice, and accountability. The passage of the Child Victims Act sends a strong signal to survivors that their experiences have not been forgotten and that preventing future cases of abuse is critical. By opening this civil window and allowing cases to proceed, survivors of sexual assault now have a chance to expose their abusers in court and help ensure other children are safe, something that would not have been possible but for this much-needed reform.

Priest in Key Vatican Position Resigns, Another Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Assault To Follow

After an allegation of sexually assaulting a woman in a confessional surfaced publicly months ago, a high-ranking Vatican official has finally stepped down from his prominent role today. Church officials now say the allegation will be "examined formally." We cannot help but feel that this was only in response to continued media coverage of the case, not out of concern for vulnerable parishioners.

Recently "Outed" Abusive Priest Works in Denver

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