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).

Victim groups want state AG's, US DOJ to Review Bishops Abuse "measures" passed in Baltimore this morning

In letter to top law enforcement officials across the US, survivors concerned that bishops "self-policing" policy will continue abuse and cover ups.


USCCB Reform Will Fail Without Complete Transparency and Lay Involvement

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has now formally agreed to the “Metropolitan Plan,” a proposed measure for accountability for bishops.


First MSU Official tied to Larry Nassar Convicted, SNAP Reacts

A former Michigan State University official has been convicted of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty in his connection to the Larry Nassar scandal. We are grateful to the jurors for this conviction and we believe that it will give survivors in Michigan hope.


Lawsuit Against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Revived, SNAP Responds

A case against one of Pennsylvania’s catholic dioceses has been revived following a review by the state’s Superior Court. We are grateful to the judge who made the decision to allow this case to move forward.


Another Priest from the Diocese of Fresno Suspended

Another priest has been suspended from the Diocese of Fresno due to allegations of sexual abuse. This time, the action was not taken due to recent allegations, but because a new person in charge took the time to review old cases.  


As US bishops gather in Baltimore to again take up abuse crisis, survivors and advocates demand an embrace of secular investigations

Six months ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met in Baltimore amidst a cascade of revelations about abuse and cover-up. They were poised to fulfill dramatic promises to American Catholics and the public to hold themselves accountable and transparent. 


SNAP Demands Transparency in Transfer of Msgr. Frank Rossi

Beaumont’s Catholic bishop let a priest into his diocese who had been accused of sexually exploiting a vulnerable adult parishioner for years. Now, he must fully and publicly disclose what steps he took in vetting the cleric prior to assigning him to a parish.


SNAP challenges NYC’s top Catholic official to return donation


SNAP stands in solidarity with For Such a Time as This Rally; urges secular investigations of Southern Baptist Convention

In a joint investigative report published in February 2019, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News identified more than 700 known victims of predatory pastors, church leaders and volunteers in the SBC. Since the story’s release, the newsrooms have heard from more than 350 others, many with additional stories of abuse and cover-ups. SNAP is confident that these documented victims are just the tip of the iceberg.


Seth Jeffs and the FLDS Reemerges in Minnesota

The brother of a notorious imprisoned cult leader who heads his own secretive sect is now re-establishing himself and his followers in northern Minnesota. We hope that neighbors and law enforcement stay vigilant and warn children and vulnerable adults about his history and new compound.


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