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).

Judges order accused priest’s name released, SNAP responds

Oregon’s 9th US Circuit Court has issued a mixed opinion in a case involving two accused pedophile priests. One of the clerics’ names will be publicly released, the other one’s identity will not be kept secret.


New clergy sex & cover up cases filed in MT, SNAP responds

We applaud these brave, wounded men and women who are continuing to expose predators, warn families, protect kids, and educate the public about child molesting clerics and complicit Catholic officials.


Pentecostal Bishop arrested, SNAP responds

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds by Pentecostal Bishop Charles Brown will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start recovering. If you have information that would either prove or disprove these allegations, it is your moral and civic duty to speak up now.


Indianapolis archbishop steps down, SNAP responds

We wish Archbishop Buechlein well with his health struggles. At the same time, however, we are glad he’s stepping down  -- although we have little confidence that his successors - either the short term or long term ones -  will do much to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded in the Indianapolis archdiocese.


SNAP blasts upcoming papal meeting with German victims

VaticanInsider.com reports that later this week, Pope Benedict will again meet with a small hand-picked group of abuse victims, this time in his native Germany.

We urge him not to.


Priest Civil Sex Abuse Trial Begins - Victims Respond

The civil sex abuse trial of alleged Huntington Beach/Santa Barbara predator priests Gus Krumm and Alexander Manville begins Monday, September 19, 2011 in Orange County Superior Court, CX 105.



SNAP slams new NH Catholic bishop

Libasci

Libasci moves from one of the nation’s most scandal-ridden dioceses to another. For more than 30 years, he was a priest in Rockeville Centre, a diocese whose officials were called “reprehensible” by an impartial citizen after a long grand jury investigation.

A brave, early, caring whistleblower has passed away

Rita was a courageous and compassionate woman who, for years, was one of the very few who tried hard to warn parents and parishioners about Washington's most prolific and devastating predator priest. We extend our deepest sympathy to her loved ones and our gratitude to those who joined her quest to safeguard kids and expose wrongdoing.


Bishop testifies; SNAP responds

Despite what Finn's lawyer says, the bishop is not "cooperating" with law enforcement. He's doing what he must: responding to a grand jury subpoena.


San Bernardino Priest and Former High School Teacher Accused of Abuse

Earlier this week, San Bernardino Diocese officials announced that a retired priest and former high school teacher, Father Robert J. Donat, has been accused of sexual abuse by at least one boy.  Donat taught at Aquinas High School.  He now lives and works in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


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