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).

Survivors do not believe that an investigation sponsored by the San Jose Diocese will be completely transparent

For immediate release, September 13, 2018

Statement by Melanie Sakoda, Volunteer San Francisco Bay Area Leader and Secretary of SNAP's Board of Directors, 925-708-6175,

Today Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose announced that he has hired a former FBI official to review how church leaders have handled past abuse complaints. The Bishop also promised to release a list of priests "credibly accused" of abusing children.

A Catholic bishop under a cloud of suspicion will be investigated by another prelate

For immediate release, September 13, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, Volunteer SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, 636-433-2511, 
Pope Francis has asked an archbishop to look into allegations that a West Virginia bishop sexually harassed adults. We believe potentially criminal behavior is best investigated by the professionals in law enforcement.

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