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).

In Defense of Margaret Mata

She didn’t want more money. She wasn’t seeking a promotion. She didn’t ask for a broader job title. She wasn’t trying to push anyone else aside. 

She just wanted to help. And she was punished for it.


SNAP praises 44 brave victims

We belong to self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

In 2002, after decades of widespread and heinous clergy sex crimes and cover ups and facing a firestorm of public outrage, every US bishop promised to reform. They promised to to be honest about clergy sex crimes.  They promised to promptly suspend suspected predators. They promised to immediately call police.


SNAP responds to disturbing legal maneuver in Missouri

This is the most disturbing legal move – by both Missouri judges and by Missouri Catholic officials – which we’ve ever seen.

Yesterday, the state Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by a St. Louis man in what we consider an unprecedented, bizarre and dangerous move. It lets the St. Louis archdiocese escape responsibility for a known predator priest’s crimes. The reason: because the predator molested victims “off premises” at a private home, not on church grounds.


SNAP responds to Zubik's public declaration

As best we can tell, this victim isn't bringing or can't bring criminal charges or civil litigation against Zubik (probably  because of the statutes of limitations). He apparently tried to get news media to report on his accusation without success. He did post his allegation on his own blog.
 
Given these facts, it's odd that Zubik himself made the accusation public through a news conference.

Victims blast Chaput for supporting accused criminal

For the second time, Philly’s new archbishop has expressed clear support for a credibly accused priest who may soon be deemed a criminal for enabling child sex crimes while apparently expressing no concern for vulnerable kids, wounded adults or learning the truth in court about an alleged criminal.


SNAP Statement on Fr. Stephen Wise

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our goal is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

We’re here for three reasons today:


SNAP decries horrific abuse at St. Michael's Home in Houston

We belong to a confidential, independent support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

We’re here today with several messages for several audiences.


SNAP applauds indictment for ex-minister Langworthy

Today John Langworthy was indicted by a grand jury for eight counts of felony gratification for molesting five boys in the 1980’s. We are grateful to the secular authorities who pursued the claims against this predator and we are glad that the brave men and women on this jury decided to bring charges against this dangerous pedophile.


SNAP calls for investigation into Dallas Episcopal Church

We belong to a confidential, independent support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.


Victims respond: Lockeford priest accused of abuse by second child, remains in ministry

We are saddened and disturbed to learn that despite a second allegation of abuse by Fr. Michael Kelly, Stockton Diocese officials still refuse to remove him from active ministry with children and families. Despite years of telling Catholics about child safety "reforms," Stockton Bishop Blaire still cannot do the one easy and simple thing to keep kids safe.


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