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).

Michigan launches state-wide investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release, September 23, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President,, 415-312-5820

We commend Michigan's Attorney General for initiating an investigation of the seven Catholic dioceses in that state. Such an effort will give voice to the hundreds of victims who have been hurt, many of whom have suffered in silence for decades. A thorough investigation will provide an opportunity for victims to achieve a measure of justice by holding predators and their enablers accountable.,4534,7-359-82917_88424---,00.html

Pennsylvania bishops' reparation fund not the answer survivors say

For immediate release, September 22, 2018
Statement by Mike McDonnell,  267-261-4045,
Yesterday the Pennsylvania bishops announced that they are considering setting up a reparation fund to compensate victims of abusive clergy. However SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believes that victims want and deserve justice, not just money. Survivor needs are better addressed by changes to the state's statute of limitations and a civil window. 

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