SNAP Media Events

Harrisburg PA--Victims offer their support to the “thousands in pain”

Victims offer their support to the “thousands in pain”

They urge survivors, witnesses and whistle blowers to report to law enforcement

SNAP: Bishop must  disclose &punish “enablers” who “ignored or hid” abuse

Group urges government officials  across the US to launch investigations and change laws


Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy abuse survivors and their supporters will:

  • Notify survivors in the area of a peer to peer support group being held later today;
  • Encourage anyone who suffered, saw or suspected sexual abuse to go to secular authorities, not the Church.

WI--Fort Atkinson priest expected to enter plea on six counts of felony child sexual assault

Fort Atkinson priest expected to enter plea on six counts of felony child sexual assault

Initially denied by the diocese of Madison, Fr. William Nolan also had a 2009 prior report of misconduct

CONTACT: Peter Isely, SNAP founding member, 414.429.7259/

WHO:  Survivors of clergy sexual abuse will be in court Thursday as Fr. William Nolan, age 64, a priest of the diocese of Madison, is arraigned on six counts of felony sexual assault of a child where he is expected to enter a plea on the charges.

Church Victims of Sexual Abuse Celebrate its 30th Anniversary in Chicago

The oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings celebrates its 30th anniversary in Chicago

SNAP supporters come together for information, healing, empowerment, and exposing abuse

Experts, Journalists, International Figures converge for this landmark event


Survivors, their supporters, and advocates will gather in Chicago this weekend to attend the 15th annual SNAP conference and to celebrate its 30th anniversary. SNAP, The Survivors Network ( was founded in Chicago in 1988.


July 6-8, 2018
The Palmer House Hilton

17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

**Media should inquire at SNAP CONFERENCE CHECK-IN and ask for Judy Jones, Steve Spaner, Tim Lennon or Melanie Sakoda**

Rally -- Survivors Call on Pennsylvania Legislators to Reform Statute of Limitation Laws

For immediate release, June 8, 2018

Survivors Call on Pennsylvania Legislators to Reform Statute of Limitation Laws

Children must be protected

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Call for Help and Assistance

Hold Perpetrators Accountable for Their Crimes

Hold Institutions and Officials Accountable for Their Complicity in Cover Ups


Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Rozzi leads the call to reform archaic statute of limitation (SOL) laws that fail to protect children and fail to hold child sexual predators accountable. He calls on legislators and Catholic Bishops to help all victims.

And Rep. Rozzi wants SOL laws that hold predators accountable for their crimes and hold those complicit in hiding crimes to be held accountable. Rep. Rozzi calls us a rally.

OH--Victims blast Steubenville church officials

Bishop needs to explain delay in removing accused priest

All church documents related to accused priest need to be turned over to police

Others who may have been harmed urged to report to law enforcement

SNAP to hold support meeting same day of press event


Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will: 
--demand that Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton explain his delay in revealing accused priest
--urge the Bishop to turn over to law enforcement all secret archive documents related to accused priest
--encourage others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by accused priest to come forward and report any information to police
--hold a support meeting 

NC--Advocates and Survivors Lobby for Stronger Laws Protecting Children

Lobby Day to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in North Carolina

For immediate release, May 12, 2018

Statement of Deborah Diener, and Kelly Stutts,

NC House Bill #585 strengthens the law to protect children from child sexual abuse. The statute of limitations will be extended, and a 'lookback' window allowing the prosecution of past offenses. This bill passed the House with overwhelming support. It is being considered in the Senate and is presently stuck in committee. We want to move it forward and make it law. 

NJ--Rally in Trenton to Eliminate SOL April 30th

Rally in Trenton

Protect Children -- Eliminate Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse

A Rally of sexual abuse survivors and supporters are gathering at 11:30 AM  to 12:30 PM in front of the NJ State House calling on NJ Lawmakers to eliminate the SOL for child sexual assault.  We expect several dozen protesters.

Rally in Trenton NJ

Speaking will be NJ SNAP Director, Mark Crawford and other supporters and organizations.

The organizers ask the NJ Senate and Assembly to post and pass bills S477 and A3648.



Contact: Mark Crawford, Director New Jersey

Phone: 732-632-7687


TN--Sex Abuse victims/advocates want church to act

"Remove Andy Savage from ministry,” SNAP tells HighPoint officials

"Any time someone in a position of authority abuses that power for sexual gratification, the victims suffer devastating consequences,” survivors declare

Victims’ group adds their voices to the outcry -- "Justice for Jules” 



Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge HighPoint Church officials to:

-- remove Andy Savage from ministry for his actions while Jules Woodson’s youth pastor, and

-- acknowledge the serious damage caused by a minister’s boundary violations.


Monday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m.

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