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).

The Diocese of Las Cruces Releases Names of Accused Priests, SNAP Responds

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Protects Itself at the Expense of Survivors with Bankruptcy Move

Priest Imprisoned in Nebraska Named in Wheeling List of Accused Priests, SNAP Pushes Nebraska Church Officials for Action

Newly-released records show that a Catholic priest was imprisoned for abusing a Nebraska child, but he has never been “outed” before, as best we can tell. Fr. Paul J. Schwarten spent 18 months in jail for “inappropriate touching of a minor,” according to the Diocese of Wheeling, WV. The disclosure was made last week when Archbishop William Lori released a list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors as it pertains to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. 

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Rules Against Survivors, SNAP Responds

The Diocese of Syracuse Releases a List of Accused Priests, SNAP Responds

For immediate release, December 3 2018

Today, the Diocese of Syracuse in New York released a list of 57 priests that had been accused of abuse. We are grateful church officials in Syracuse have taken this first step and we hope that they will continue to take action to prevent future cases of abuse and to bring justice for past cases.

Waukesha judge orders Pewaukee priest to stand trial for felony child sex abuse

CONTACT: Peter Isely, SNAP Founding Member (414.429.7259,

A Waukesha County judge this morning has determined that there is sufficient evidence for Fr. Charles Hanel to stand trial for felony sexual assault of a child. Hanel was arrested in September for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in the confessional. The alleged assault took place at Queen of Apostles Church in Pewaukee where Hanel is pastor.   

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Releases Names of Accused Priests

Cardinal Slated to Plan a Summit on Abuse has been Accused of Ignoring Abuse Himself

A respected and credible Catholic news source reports that "one of the organizers appointed by Pope Francis to plan a February summit at the Vatican on sexual abuse has been accused of covering up abuse in his own archdiocese in India."

Texas Rangers Raid Diocesan Offices in Houston, SNAP Responds

We applaud Texas law enforcement officials for raiding the “secret archives” of the Houston Catholic archdiocese. All too often, police and prosecutors pursue child molesting clerics but ignore the church supervisors and co-workers who hide their crimes.

Priest from the Diocese of Steubenville to be Jailed for 12 Years, SNAP Responds

For immediate release: November 27, 2018

A priest from the Diocese of Steubenville pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery for grooming and impregnating a teenaged parishioner. Father Henry Christopher Foxhaven was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his crimes and will be required to register as a sex offender.

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