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).

St. Louis Area Priest and Priory teacher arrested, accused of “peeping”

A Catholic priest who teaches at the St. Louis Priory School has been arrested and charged with stalking and resisting arrest. According to reports, Fr. Michael McCusker was allegedly looking into the windows of a fellow Priory teacher. The cleric was reportedly caught hiding in the bushes outside the home.

New York Jesuits Accused of Hiding Names of Abusive Clergy

A new investigation reveals that Jesuit officials are still hiding the names of accused abusers. It’s another reminder that secretive institutions can’t police themselves and that parents and parishioners must stay vigilant and demand change.

McCarrick to Face Discipline Soon, Yet Other Cases Languish Behind the Scenes

Accused Priest Left in Ministry until Day of Archbishops’ Release, SNAP Responds

Diocese of Baton Rouge Releases Names of Accused Priests

Another Priest Removed from the Diocese of Oakland for Abuse Complaints

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to Texas Bishops: it’s not enough

SNAP applauds the release of lists but says that true transparency comes through investigations and urge independent authorities to “trust but verify.”

As advocates and survivors of clergy sexual abuse, we believe that any and all transparency is to be applauded coming from a closed and secret culture such as the Roman Catholic Church. The releasing of these names is at least one small step towards transparency. Still, we are concerned that these lists might not be as transparent as promised.

United Nations Questions Laws that Protect Abusive Priests

Ridgeland Man Files Lawsuit for Abuse he Suffered in 2004 as a 9 Year Old

For immediate release, January 31, 2019

A man from Ridgeland, MS has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Jackson alleging that he was abused in 2004 as a 9 year old. We applaud this brave man for taking action to expose clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Jackson diocese.

Jesuits Keeping Students and Staff at Fordham University in the Dark

Despite pledges to be transparent, Northeast Jesuit officials  refused to tell Fordham University students and staff if any abusive clerics were living on-campus.

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