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).

Priest charged after accusations of sexual misconduct

Immediately Release Thursday February 15, 2018

Statement by Frank Meuers, SNAP Minnesota Leader,

Hearing of the sexual exploitation and abuse of a person should be of great concern to all of us. We know from past history that when one person comes forward with accusations of abuse there are many times others that have been abused by the same person, or have knowledge of such abuse. We at SNAP encourage all persons that may have any information about this, or any other, abuse to contact the St. Cloud police at once. It is important that we are all part of keeping our communities safe for all our citizens. 

PA--SNAP responds: Two priests removed in Erie

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Leader, 636-433-2511,

We applaud these brave victims for stepping forward and reporting their abuse. While Bishop Lawrence Persico has contacted local law enforcement we hope that he will take some additional steps to encourage victims, witnesses and whistle-blowers to come forward. 

We say to anyone who has been harmed by Father Sean Kerins and/or Father David Poulsen that you did nothing wrong, that help is available.

It's never too late to come forward about being sexually abused.

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