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).

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.


Assault at Catholic children’s shelter concealed; SNAP responds

According to federal investigators, Houston Catholic Charities officials ‘had full knowledge of the extent of the assaults (on a child),’ ‘submitted erroneous … reports,’ and gave the child victim medical care “only the after they were ordered to do so by federal officials.’


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.


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