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).

Australia -- Case against Cardinal Pell will go to trial, SNAP responds

For immediate release Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President,, 415-312-5820

We are very grateful that the Australian magistrate has decided that there is enough evidence for Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on multiple counts of historical sexual abuse.

While we do not know whether or not the charges against the cardinal are true, we do know that research shows that false allegations are extremely rare.


NY – Two Buffalo area priests suspended, victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon of Tucson, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors, 415-312-5820,

This past weekend two priests in the Diocese of Buffalo were suspended from ministry. Fathers Samuel J. Venne and Arthur S. Smith were put on leave while allegations of childhood sexual abuse against them are investigated by the Church.

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