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 Demand Federal Investigation Into Church Sexual Violence And Cover-Up

For immediate release: August 15, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network (415-312-5820,

For more than forty years the widespread and systemic abuse of children and its cover up by officials of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has been brought to light by survivors.

·         In 1974 hearing-impaired victims of Father Lawrence Murphy, including the recently deceased Gary Smith, distributed fliers outside a Milwaukee cathedral protesting the Church’s failure to remove this prolific abuser from ministry. 

SNAP responds: Bishop Zubik should step down

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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

In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary Pittsburgh's top Catholic official claims "There was no cover up going on" of child sex crimes.

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