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).

PA -- Victims feel betrayed once again

For immediate release May 25, 2018

Statement by: Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network

Rep. Mark Rozzi was absolutely right to ask " “Why is the church getting a copy of this and the victims aren’t?” Like Rep. Rozzi, we have also heard from survivors who felt betrayed not only to know that every painful word of their testimony would be read first by church officials, but also because they had no forewarning that this would happen.

SNAP responds to PA Dioceses Receiving Grand Jury Reports

For immediate release May 24, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511,

We whole heartedly agree with PA Rep. Mark Rozzi that Pennsylvania Dioceses should not have received the results of the PA Attorney Generals grand jury reports exclusively, and the public being kept in the dark.

Parents and parishioners need to know who the known credible predators are so they can protect their children from harm.

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