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).

Coverup of abuse at Catholic institution? SNAP responds

It’s one of the oldest public relations tricks in the book – pretend that intentional, self serving secrecy is really just a “mistake” or “goof” or “failing,” when in fact it’s a deliberate move to protect wrongdoers.


This wasn't an affair, this was exploitation

This wasn’t an affair. This was a powerful priest sexually exploiting a vulnerable woman, and callous, reckless church officials deceiving the public and their parishioners by their continuing secrecy.


From CCR - Major Human Rights Report Affirms That Sexual Abuse by the Clergy is “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment”

Major Human Rights Report Affirms That Sexual Abuse by the Clergy is “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment”

CCR Welcomes Amnesty International Report in Wake of Sept. 13 International Criminal Court Filing Against the Pope and Top Vatican Officials, Seeking Accountability for Clergy Sexual Abuse


Suspended bishop is still working, SNAP responds

SNAP Orthodox is appalled that suspended Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, a credibly accused child molester, is visiting a Canadian church this weekend.


Bishops ask abused Australian bishop to step aside; SNAP responds

It’s bizarre and callous that some bishops are asking a fellow bishop to step down because he disclosed that he was abused by three priests.


Clergy sex victims want Dallas Episcopal shake-up

We look forward to a major shake-up in the Dallas Episcopal hierarchy over this stunningly heinous child sex abuse and cover up case.


SNAP Questions Irish Bishops' Claims About Church Finances

Irish citizens and Catholics should be extremely skeptical of claims of alleged ‘poverty’ by church officials. Prelates who are dishonest about children’s safety will certainly be dishonest about their vast wealth.


SNAP applauds brave family

We're grateful another family that was shattered by clergy crimes and cover ups is helping to prevent more crimes and cover ups. Each time a victim or witness calls police, files suit, or breaks silence, our society becomes a little bit safer for the most vulnerable among us.


Priest arrested for assaulting youth, SNAP responds

Our hearts go out to this young victim, and we are outraged at the alleged actions of Rev. Warnakulasuriya. The emotional trauma caused by incidents like this often lead to a years-long recovery process.


Pope at German Bundestag - Clergy Sex Victims disappointed

It’s sad that in Germany, where hundreds of brave, wounded child sex abuse victims have spoken up in the last year, the pope can’t bring himself to openly address the most devastating crisis in modern church history.


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