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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).

Second Seattle priest accused of child abuse dies

The area’s most prolific predator just passed away too.


Catholic official wants secret hearing; SNAP responds

Bevilaqua’s lawyers could have volunteered evidence of Bevilaqua’s alleged ill health. They chose not to, and now they’re bellyaching because a judge wants some kind of proof instead of taking them at their word. She’s a smart judge.


Priest begins jail sentence for child sex crimes

Tomorrow, a serial predator priest, Fr. Alejandro “Alex” Castillo will be taken in to custody in order to serve his prison time for pleading guilty to child sexual abuse. A year ago, he was removed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ontario when allegations surfaced that he abused two brothers within last two years.


SNAP Comments on Salesian religious order thwarting Parkinson Report

Once again we see that Catholic officials cannot be trusted to even conduct so called "independent" investigations of clergy sex crimes and cover ups.


SNAP responds to Archdiocese of Chicago's new "disclosure" rules

Imagine if a gang member with a long criminal record announced he was reforming and would start cooperating with police voluntarily, but in reality he continues to submit to police questioning only when subpoenaed? Does that sound like a genuine change of heart? That’s essentially what the Chicago archdiocese is doing with clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.


Notorious Seattle predator priest passes away, SNAP responds

James McGreal, a notorious predator priest from Seattle, has passed away.


Another accuses priest of child sex crimes; SNAP responds

We’re saddened but not surprised that another child sex abuse report involving Fr. Jack Spaulding is surfacing. Child predators rarely strike only once.


In rare move, SNAP praises controversial IL bishop

In an unusual move, clergy sex abuse victims are praising Belleville’s controversial Catholic bishop for his honesty.

All too often, Catholic officials led or let parishioners assume that any church cutbacks stem from clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. That’s rarely the case.

Hundreds of Vatican cables are released

Group urges public to read new Wikileaks disclosures

SNAP: Documents “pull back the veil” surrounding “secretive institution

SNAP criticizes promotion of Baltimore's Catholic archbishop

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has promoted by Pope Benedict. We feel that to reward O’Brien rubs salt into the wounds of clergy sex abuse victims.


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