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).

SC-- Former priest arrested; Victims Respond

For immediate release: Monday, August 28, 2017

Statement by Barbara Dorris, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503-0003

A former Catholic priest was arrested and is facing nine indictments child sex abuse charges in Jasper County, SC. We are so grateful for the two brave survivors who worked with prosecutors to make this happen.   

PA – Bishop Bartchak appoints new review board, SNAP responds

For immediate release, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, California, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (

Bishop Mark Bartchak, head of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, recently announced the new seven members of his Dio­cesan Review Board. The Pennsylvania State Attorney General once described the previous Board as a tool for concealing sex abuse allegations.

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