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).

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.


Twice Accused NYC Priest Allowed to Continue Working in Southern California


New York Passes the Child Victims Act, SNAP responds

We applaud the New York State assembly for taking this much-needed step towards prevention, justice, and accountability. The passage of the Child Victims Act sends a strong signal to survivors that their experiences have not been forgotten and that preventing future cases of abuse is critical. By opening this civil window and allowing cases to proceed, survivors of sexual assault now have a chance to expose their abusers in court and help ensure other children are safe, something that would not have been possible but for this much-needed reform.


Priest in Key Vatican Position Resigns, Another Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Assault To Follow

After an allegation of sexually assaulting a woman in a confessional surfaced publicly months ago, a high-ranking Vatican official has finally stepped down from his prominent role today. Church officials now say the allegation will be "examined formally." We cannot help but feel that this was only in response to continued media coverage of the case, not out of concern for vulnerable parishioners.


Recently "Outed" Abusive Priest Works in Denver


Priest sued for abuse in OK appears on KS list of accused clerics

Fr. Imming was sued in 2003 in Oklahoma for alleged sexual abuse. At least six others came forward during the lawsuit.
We beg anyone who may have been abused by Fr. Imming, or anyone who saw or suspected such abuse, to contact law enforcement. SNAP, or groups like us, are also available to assist survivors, witnesses and whistle blowers as they come forward. 

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


Pittsburgh Priest Charged with Child Sex Abuse, SNAP Responds


Today Fr. Hugh J. Lang was arrested and charged with the alleged sexual abuse of a 10 year old child in 2001.

We applaud this brave man for contacting law enforcement. We hope his courage inspires others to do the same. 
Thanks again to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for exposing the truth and helping survivors to come forward. The Grand Jury Report, and the information it revealed, have made today's children safer.

We hope anyone who may have suffered, seen or suspected crimes by Fr. Lang, or any others associated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will call the police immediately. Victims, witnesses and whistle blowers can also reach out to SNAP, or groups like ours, for help and support as they report. 

We also urge Bishop David Zubik to contact his flock and diocesan employees and remind them, and direct them, that they should be reporting clergy sex crimes to the police. That is, after all, is the right thing to do to make sure that those who abuse children are kept away from the innocent.  

Contact:  Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Leader (636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009,zhiner@snapnetwork.org)


(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


Diocese of Biloxi Releases Names of Three Clerics Accused of Abuse


Pittsburgh Deacon Sentenced, SNAP Urges Outreach


Hartford List of Accused Clerics Includes A Priest Who Also Worked in NYC


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