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).

Iowa AG to Gather Information on Clergy Abuse, SNAP Responds

The Iowa attorney general’s office has announced that it will be gathering information on sexual abuse by spiritual leaders and clergy in that state.  This is a good first step for Iowa.

SNAP Calls for More Information as Diocese of Oakland Quietly Adds Names of Abusive Clergy to their List

The Diocese of Oakland has updated their list of “credibly accused” clergy. However, we are very disappointed that they apparently did so without notifying anyone.

SNAP Applauds Protestant Bloggers and Advocates

A handful of brave female bloggers who expose child sex crimes in churches have just been profiled by the Washington Post. We are humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary compassion and courage of these women and hope their work to protect the vulnerable encourages others to follow in their footsteps. We also hope that other mainstream journalists will see how impressive and credible these prophets are.

SNAP Urges MI Lawmakers to Reconsider Funding Decision

According to reports, Michigan's GOP lawmakers are cutting $4-$5 million from the attorney general's budget while her office is investigating clerics who commit and conceal crimes against children. We hope this decision will be reversed. Partisan politics should not impede efforts to protect children.

USCCB Releases Annual Implementation Report, SNAP Responds

America’s bishops have put out today yet another self-report on the church’s on-going abuse and cover up crisis. At this point, no one should trust internal church figures on this horror.

Fr. Fred Lenczycki Convicted, SNAP Responds

Whistleblowing Mom who Reported Fr. Geoghan Passes Away

SNAP Calls on Archbishop Gregory to Make McCarrick Review Public

The Archdiocese of Washington DC has completed a review of disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s personal correspondence and forwarded the results to Rome, according to a Catholic news source. Now we call on newly-installed DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory to immediately make this review public.

SNAP Applauds as Vermont Governor Signs SOL Reform into Law

We applaud lawmakers in Vermont, especially Rep. Martin LaLonde, for passing this important reform. This law amending the statute of limitations (SOL) is one of the strongest in the nation and the people of Vermont should be proud of their leadership on this issue.

Pastor Arrested in Chicago, SNAP Responds

We are grateful to Chicago police for moving quickly to arrest Pastor Jeffery Parks. Now we call on administrators at Good Shephard Church in Chicago to reach out to their parishioners and urge anyone else who may have information on this case to come forward and make a report to police.

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