SNAP Media Events
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will speak about the new revelations that
identify many of the redactions that were made in the Attorney Genera’s report on the Child Sexual
Abuse in the Archdiocese of Maryland
WHAT: A sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests, will speak about the information revealed by the two major
newspapers in Baltimore. We know that several of the officials were completely complicit in
covering up and enabling abusers.
WHEN: Monday, May 8th at 11:30 am
WHERE: In front of the Archdiocese of Baltimore office, 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201
WHO: 7-10 abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz, who
wants to see church officials remove any and all priests who knowingly mislead victims or enabled
abusers to continue harming children by their actions or lack of action.
SNAP writes abusers names on sidewalk
Victims group wants five more predators exposed
Group says they should be listed on church website
Four of them are alive; three likely still live in this area
SNAP blasts bishop: “Your secrecy is endangering kids”
Diocese now has almost 50 publicly accused clergy molesters
Victim Survivors and Advocates Applaud Maryland Attorney General Report and Passage of Child Victims Act
(Media Advisory for April 7, 2023)
- Victims applaud the release of the Maryland Attorney General Report
- They also announce the passage of the Child Victim’s Act (CVA)
- Demand that the Church add the 30 new names in the AG to their list and stop using hair-splitting distinctions to avoid being transparent
- Demand that the Church provide the assignment history, last known location, and employment of perpetrators listed in the AG report
- Demand that the Church stop fighting the constitutionality of the CVA
WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will announce the passage of the CVA along with the release of the scathing Attorney General report. ,
-- Demand that the Archdiocese explain their recklessness and continued secrecy in not listing the 30 newly named perpetrators.
-- Celebrate the passage of the CVA and look forward to having it signed by the Governor of Maryland.
-- Demand that the Archdiocese of Baltimore provides work and assignment history for each of the perps listed in the report, their last known location as well as whether they know if the perp is still living.
-- Demand that the dioceses of Washington DC and Wilmington, DE publicly release the information that they have given to the AG.
WHEN: Friday, April 7th at 11:00 AM.
(Media Advisory For February 15, 2023)
SURVIVORS GATHER AT THE CAPITOL TO RALLY FOR TEXAS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM
HB206 and SB751 ELIMINATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS (SOLs) FOR SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
What: A coalition of Texas survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) will gather in solidarity at the Capitol to educate legislators and their constituents about the need for SOL reform, giving voice to all survivors in the name of justice and healing.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 9:00 am to 11:00
Where: South Steps of the Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas.
Who: Texas leaders and members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAP); President and members of Survivors of Child Sex Abuse (SCSA); President and members of SOSChildAbuse.org, SexAbuseRegistry, SurvivingScouting.org; Texas CSA survivors and their supporters and advocates. Speakers will include Rep. Ann Johnson, Texas House Member Dist. 134; Dr. Amy Kemter, San Antonio Psychotherapist who works with abuse survivors; Michael Johnson, 28-year veteran, retired law enforcement child sexual abuse investigator, and former director of Youth Protection for the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America and Whistleblower; Mr. Joe Alarcon, Kanakuk Youth Camp Survivor Advocate; as well as several child sex abuse survivors.
Why: HB 206,1 filed by Rep. Ann Johnson, and SB 751,2 filed by Senator Pete Flores, permanently eliminate the civil statutes of limitations (SOL) allowing survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) to take legal action against predators, and the institutions who enabled them. It is retroactive, reviving previously expired SOLs. These SOL bills protect our community by exposing hidden predators. They empower survivors--no matter how long ago their abuse occurred--to speak out and get the healing support they need.
(For Release February 13, 2023)
MEDIA ALERT (page 4 en français)
[For Immediate Release, January 25, 2023; http://bit.ly/3vSuVnq ]
Current Clergy Sex Abuse Cases in DRC Exposed
Historic Press Conference to be held on Eve of Pope’s visit to the DRC on Clergy Sex Abuse
Clergy sex abuse victims in Kinshasa call on Pope to help
Survivors and Advocates in DRC call for Zero Tolerance for Clergy Sex Abuse
For the first time in Africa, international activists will join with Congolese survivors and advocates in a press conference to highlight the failure of the Catholic Church to protect survivors and whistleblowers.
Pope Francis will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo the week of January 31 to February 3, 2023. On Monday January 30, survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their advocates from the Congo, U.S. and Europe will be in Kinshasa to hold a press conference in order to:
- Share information regarding a current case of clergy sex abuse and cover-up in the DRC, including details on how the victim and her family have been silenced and the harm done to her advocates. The victim and a witness are scheduled to testify by Zoom during the press conference.
- Expose corruption within the DRC judicial system that has benefitted church officials and perpetrators at the expense of the abused;
- Insist Pope Francis enforce his recently enacted "apostolic letter" by immediately removing and sanctioning abusive priests and their bishop enablers to send an important message to the continent of Africa that there is zero tolerance for clergy sex abuse and coverup.
Survivors and Advocates urge others to step forward as New California law has opened a window to justice for those sexually assaulted as adults
(For Immediate Release January 25, 2023)
New California law has opened a window to justice for those sexually assaulted as adults
Survivors and advocates will gather at the State Capitol today to call attention to AB 2777
Whether the abuse occurred in a religious institution or elsewhere, SNAP urges victims to take advantage of this opportunity
WHAT: At a sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will gather to draw public attention to The Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act (Assembly Bill 2777), which went into effect on January 1st. SNAP will urge those who were the victims of sexual assault as adults to consider filing civil lawsuits for damages against those who abused them and the institutions that covered up for the perpetrators.
WHEN: January 26, 2023, at 1 PM
WHERE: California State Capitol, 1315 10th St (between L and N Streets), Sacramento. We will gather on the lawn to the left of the steps.
(For Immediate Release January 19, 2023)
Victims back reform bill & seek predators' names
They blast ex-Kansas AG for 'weak, vague' report
Group files "Open Records Act" request to publicly ID abusers
Survivors want more time to 'seek justice & expose molesters.’
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will ask the Kansas attorney general to protect kids by:
--publicly naming dozens of unknown child molesting clerics recently investigated by the KBI, and
--releasing the full abuse report, not just a 21-page summary.
They will also give out copies of an Open Records Act request they're sending to the new AG to learn the identities of those 'who committed or concealed child sex crimes' and blast his predecessor for issuing a "weak, vague and short abuse report" that "protects wrongdoers, not children."
Friday, Jan. 20 at 1:15 p.m.
On the sidewalk outside the Johnson County Courthouse on Santa Fe Street (north of the administration building and west of city hall) in Olathe Kansas
One-two Kansas state legislators, a former Kansas cleric, a Kansas abuse survivor who testified before a panel in Topeka, and three-four abuse survivors (some who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
1) Earlier this month, then-AG Derek Schmidt refused to publicly name even one proven, admitted, or credibly accused child molesting Catholic cleric when he released what SNAP calls a "short, weak and vague" report into the church's ongoing abuse crisis. (Other state AGs across the country have done far more thorough reports and disclosed names of abusers.)
SNAP is asking Schmidt's successor Kris Kobach to voluntarily reveal the names of dozens of Kansas Catholic clergy who have perpetrated, ignored, or hid child sex crimes and release a longer, more detailed report that 'will deter other institutions from similar cover-ups.'
And the group is filing a formal Open Records Act request for the names.
2) The victims strongly support a measure, now pending in the Kansas legislature, that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to "expose those who commit or conceal crimes against kids" in civil courts. It is sponsored by Sen. Cindy Holscher (D-Overland Park) and Rep. Bob Lewis (R-Garden City) and relaxes the state's "archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly" statute of limitations, SNAP says, which both "helps protect vulnerable children and heal wounded adults."
(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)