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 – SNAP weighs in on testimony in trial of former priest accused of murder

For immediate release Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Three women who knew John Feit more than half a century ago, when he was still an active clergyman, testified to disturbing behavior by him as his trial for the murder of Irene Garza continued. Ms. Garza, a young and beautiful female parishioner, reportedly went to the former priest for confession before her death. According to the three women’s descriptions, Father Feit was “anything but priest-like.”

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/12/02/witnesses-describe-odd-behavior-former-hidalgo-county-priest-accused-beauty-queen-murder


UK - The children of Smyllum tell their heartbreaking stories, SNAP responds

For immediate release Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is holding hearings on conditions in Scotland’s care homes. Survivors of Smyllum Park in Lanarkshire, where up to 400 children were buried in an unmarked grave, recently began testifying before the inquiry.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/we-heard-him-being-beaten-by-the-nuns-but-when-he-didnt-show-up-the-next-day-we-all-cheered-we-thought-he-had-a-new-family/


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