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).

SNAP Stands in Solidarity with Nuns who have been Victimized by Clergy

Our hearts ache for the thousands of nuns who have been sexually abused and harassed by priests, bishops and other Catholic clerics. We are glad their plight is finally attracting attention but feel compelled to stress that when it comes to the Church hierarchy, awareness does  not guarantee action.


SNAP Prods Alameda County DA to Investigate Oakland Diocese’s Response to Abuse Allegations

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, recently wrote to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley asking her to investigate whether or not the Oakland Diocese reported allegations that Fr. Alex Castillo sexually abused a minor to law enforcement in a timely fashion.


Three Names Added to List of Abusive Priests in the Diocese of Peoria

A diocese in Illinois added names to their list of publicly accused priests in the wake of new disclosures of credibly accused priests from other states and the hard work of journalists in Illinois.


SNAP Delivers Letter to Papal Nuncio in Advance of February Summit

Leaders from the nation’s oldest and largest advocacy group for victims of clergy and institutional sex abuse delivered a letter today to the papal nuncio, asking for Pope Francis to take five specific actions at his summit in February and requesting a meeting with Pope Francis.


Survivors Applaud Removal of Accused Bishop's Name


Kansas Bureau of Investigation Begins Looking into Clergy Sex Abuse


Maine Bishop Must Do Outreach Regarding Recently Named Abusive Priest

A former Maine Catholic priest was deemed ‘credibly accused’ last week and put on a list of abusive priests by Catholic officials in Texas. Now, Maine church staff should aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.


Victims and Advocates Push Steubenville Diocese on Abuse

Survivors and advocates push Steubenville Diocese on abuse

They want expanded list of 'credibly accused' clerics

SNAP: the names of 5 men publicly accused of child sexual abuse missing

Each of them spent time in Steubenville area


South Carolina Bishop Delays the Release of Information Regarding Accused Priests, SNAP Responds

The Diocese of Charleston, which covers the entire state of South Carolina, is delaying the release of information regarding priests that have been accused of abuse.


St. Louis Area Priest and Priory teacher arrested, accused of “peeping”

A Catholic priest who teaches at the St. Louis Priory School has been arrested and charged with stalking and resisting arrest. According to reports, Fr. Michael McCusker was allegedly looking into the windows of a fellow Priory teacher. The cleric was reportedly caught hiding in the bushes outside the home.


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