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).

Vatican Whistle Blower Reveals Lax Enforcement of Restrictions on Disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, SNAP Responds

Marianists Exclude Victim From Settlement of Sex Abuse Case

Survivors Advocacy Group Sends Letter to Central Valley DAs

A support group for clergy abuse victims are calling on district attorneys in California’s Central Valley to use their offices to reach out to survivors directly and to denounce actions by a Bakersfield attorney that make it less likely for victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

Former Priest Sentenced to 16 Years, SNAP Responds

We are glad that a jury has sentenced Fr. Ronald H. Paquin to sixteen years in prison. Hopefully this sentence will keep a serial predator away from vulnerable children for the rest of his life.

Michigan AG Charges 5 Priests with Criminal Sexual Conduct as Clergy Abuse Investigation Moves Forward

We are grateful to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel for updating the public on her investigation and for her and her team’s steadfast pursuit of justice for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The charges announced today will bring not only healing to survivors in Michigan but will also help keep the vulnerable safer.

Msgr. Harrison Releases Statement, SNAP Responds

Msgr. Craig Harrison has now joined his attorney Kyle Humphrey in using mean-spirited rhetoric against his accusers. Sadly, his words will intimidate all victims, witnesses and whistle blowers in the Diocese of Fresno, not just those who have made allegations against him. 

Another Priest in Fresno Suspended, SNAP Reacts

Catholic Monk Comes Forward in Msgr. Harrison Case

We applaud Br. Justin Gilligan, not only for his courage to speak out and share publicly his experiences with Msgr. Craig Harrison, but also for his efforts to support the men – and their families – who have also come forward. His willingness to speak truth to power and stand up for other victims is inspiring. We hope that other survivors and whistleblowers will be encouraged by Br. Gilligan’s example and follow in his footsteps.

West Virginia AG Strengthens His Lawsuit against WV Catholic Diocese

We are grateful that West Virginia Attorney General Morrisey is keeping the pressure up on the Wheeling-Charleston diocese by bringing new counts and evidence to his lawsuit. Informed communities are safer communities, and the more that is investigated, the more truth gets exposed.

Previous “Unsubstantiated” Allegation against Msgr. Harrison Now Believed by Fresno Church Officials

For immediate release, May 20, 2019

We are grateful that Church officials from the Diocese of Fresno have the wisdom to recognize that past allegations against Msgr. Craig Harrison were likely improperly investigated, swept under the rug, or otherwise ignored, and are reviewing those allegations again. We are glad that current Church administrators are willing to admit that the old regime made mistakes and are making efforts to find survivors of the Monsignor today.

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