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).

The disgraced former head of the Twin Cities Archdiocese, John Nienstedt, still saying Masses in California's wine country

For immediate release, Monday, August 13, 2018

Statement by:  Tim Lennon, President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP

Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned in shame as Minnesota's top Catholic churchman in June 2015. The archbishop left his archdiocese shortly after it was charged criminally with “failure to protect children." Archbishop Nienstedt’s successor publicly admitted that this was indeed the case.

MK Safety Net responds: Missionary doctor won't face sex assault trial

For immediate release: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Statement by SNAP Chapter MK Safety Net

Dianne Couts, President


MK Safety Net is greatly disappointed that Dr. Donn Ketcham will never stand trial. Some of his victims, who were MKs (missionary kids) in Bangaladesh when he molested them, have once again been the ones to suffer. For over a year and a half the dread of having to testify against him in court has hung over their heads as the trial was postponed again and again.  Yesterday the court ruled that, due to his Parkinson's disease and failing memory, Donn Ketcham was not competent to stand trial because he would not be able to defend himself.

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