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).

As child sex-abuse scandal escalates, the Catholic Church is now at war with itself

Dallas Morning News Editorial, August 30, 2018

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

Louis D. Brandeis wrote his often-quoted line about the power and necessity of transparency in 1913, three years before becoming a U.S. Supreme Court justice. A fearless proponent of social justice, he was writing about corruption and the concentration of power in the investment banking world at the time.


Survivors group: victims want justice, not money

For immediate release, September 5, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President, 415-312-5820,

In the wake of the damning Pennsylvania grand jury report, Bishop Lawrence Persico of the Erie Diocese has proposed a fund to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

As survivors of heinous crimes ourselves, we know that what victims really want is justice, not money. Survivors want information about their abusers' records, and public acknowledgment of the harm they incurred when the Church put the protection of reputation over the well-being of the innocent.

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