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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).

Washington D.C. Opens Hotline for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

For immediate release, October 22 2018

Today, the U.S. Attorney’s office for Washington D.C. has announced that they are opening an hotline and email address that survivors of clergy sex abuse and those that have knowledge of abuse can use to report their experiences.

SNAP Applauds Australian Legal Reform that Benefits Survivors

For immediate release, October 22 2018

Last week, an Australian Parliament struck down an archaic legal defense that presented a major barrier to survivors seeking accountability and justice.

The New South Wales Parliament formally abolished the “Ellis Defence,” a legal stance that allowed the catholic church to hide behind an archaic and arcane designation of “non-entity.” In practice, this meant that survivors could not formally sue Catholic dioceses in court, regardless of the legitimacy of the claims, helping to ensure that cover-ups stayed covered-up and that accountability would be out of reach.

USC Reaches Settlement with nearly 500 survivors

For immediate release, October 19 2018

Today the University of Southern California announced it has reached a settlement with the nearly 500 former patients of a campus doctor who had accused him of serial sexual abuse.

Federal Investigation expands to the Diocese of Buffalo

For immediate release, October 19 2018

Yesterday we learned about a sweeping investigation by the Department of Justice into Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Today we have learned that the investigation is wider than we thought.

Former Maryland Priest Sued in Hawaii

A former Maryland priest, convicted on child sex charges, has been sued for allegedly molesting a child in Hawaii.

Pope Francis Urges Seminarians to Report Abuse to Bishops, SNAP Responds

For immediate release, October 19 2018

Even when stressing the importance of reporting abuse, Pope Francis manages to miss the mark.

Last weekend, while addressing seminarians who were visiting The Vatican, the Pope told the visitors to report any suspicions of abuse to their bishops instead of local law enforcement.

Local SNAP Leader Calls on Pennsylvania State Senate to Give Survivors a Day in Court

For immediate release, October 19 2018

SNAP Philadelphia Leader Michael McDonnell has called on the Pennsylvania State Senate  to add additional legislative days to this years calendar and revive their work on statutes of limitations reform. On Wed. Oct. 17th, Senate GOP leaders pushed a bill that would have allowed victims of childhood sexual abuse by the clergy to file a civil suit but only on their perpetrator, leaving institutions like the Catholic church without fault. We believe that this proposal is unacceptable because the institutions who enabled the years of cover-up must be also held accountable alongside the abusers themselves. 

The Department of Justice Opens an Investigation in Pennsylvania

For immediate release, October 18 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a much-needed investigation into the clergy sex abuse crisis.

With today’s announcement, the Department of Justice has given hope to survivors and advocates across the country. Too often institutions are able to escape accountability through a mix of archaic laws like statutes of limitations, strong-armed agreements to silence survivors who have come forward, or by advancing a culture that keeps survivors fearful, ashamed, and afraid to tell others what had happened to them. Fortunately for survivors and others who value accountability, the Department of Justice is able to investigate despite Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations. This is certainly a welcome development.

Pennsylvania Legislature Ignores Chance to Afford Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

For immediate release, October 18 2018

Last night, the Pennsylvania State Senate had a chance to make a real difference for survivors of sexual abuse. Instead, they kicked the can down the road and out of sight.

Diocese of Brooklyn Sheltered Priest Accused of Abuse in Colombia

For immediate release, October 16 2018

For almost a year, Brooklyn Catholic officials refused to tell their flock about a credibly accused predator priest.

According to the Gothamist, the Diocese of Brooklyn “bypassed its own safety protocols” to hire Fr. Roberto Cadavid in 2012. Fr. Cadavid worked in Brooklyn from 2012 through 2017 until he abruptly left the country to return to his native Colombia. But the Diocese waited ten months after Fr. Cadavid’s departure to tell the truth about his absence to their parishioners: the Diocese of Medellin had come forward in June, 2017 to share “Cadavid’s long history of alleged abuse.”

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