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).

Jesuit Officials Trying to Force Victims to Reveal Their Names; Crucial Court Hearing Tomorrow on This Issue; SNAP Calls Religious Order’s Tactic Obvious Intimidation

SNAP Applauds as California Governor Signs SOL Reform into Law

Manhattan SNAP Leader Comments on Enlightenment Machine no. 1

The below are comments that were delivered by Manhattan's SNAP Leader, Brian Toale, at today's premiere of Enlightenment Machine no. 1, the new play from NYC nurse, survivor and activist Kat Sullivan.

Welcome, everyone. The play you have just seen is meant to celebrate those whom few of us ever thought we would be celebrating; survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Today we carry the message that every survivor of childhood sexual abuse deserves their chance to heal. This is true whether or not you want to confront your abuser, seek justice in the courts, or share your story with the public. None of that is required to begin the healing process.

Letter from SNAP To CA AG Becerra Regarding Witness Intimidation and Harassment

Dear Attorney General Becerra:

Attached is a letter SNAP just sent to the Bishop of Fresno. As you will read, a victim and witness to sexual assault by a current priest, Msgr. Craig Harrison, is being sued, harassed and threatened by the suspended clergyman. The harassment is escalating and we hope that your office can do something to intervene.


Judge Denies Fr. Drew’s Motion to Reduce Bail, SNAP Reacts

A Cincinnati judge has denied a request from priest accused of abuse to reduce his bail. We are grateful for this move as it will ensure that the survivors of this priest will have their day in court.

New Lawsuit Filed Against the Diocese of Biloxi

A new sexual abuse and cover up case has been filed against a Mississippi diocese. We hope that this brave survivor’s decision to come forward will encourage others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes in the Diocese of Biloxi to make a report of their own.

Belleville bishop fights new sex abuse suit

As they have for decades, Belleville Catholic officials are trying to exploit a technicality to evade responsibility for the alleged crimes of a credibly accused child molesting priest. Shame on them. 

Fr. Patrick Casey Pleads Guilty, SNAP Reacts

A Michigan priest who was charged with sexual abuse has pled to a lesser charge. For the safety of the vulnerable, we hope the cleric is put behind bars for as long as possible.

By Denying Jehovah’s Witnesses Appeal, Supreme Court Sides with Transparency over Secrecy

Priest Who Admitted Abuse on Video Also Spent Time in St. Louis and Kansas

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