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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).

Ramsey County and Archdiocese of St. Paul / Minneapolis Reach Settlement on Failure to Report Charges

Prosecutors in a Minnesota county have reached a settlement deal with church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on charges stemming from the archdiocese’s failure to report allegations of child sexual abuse. We hope that the deal reached today will make children in Minnesota safer and believe that this deal is further evidence of the need for secular intervention into cases of clergy abuse.

Priest Accused of False Imprisonment of Student Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail Thanks to Michigan AG

A Michigan Catholic priest arrested last year on false imprisonment charges has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. This is another example that demonstrates the importance of secular, unbiased investigations. We hope this news encourages other victims, witnesses, and whistle-blowers to come forward and make a report to Michigan’s attorney general.

Another Abuse Suspension in Fall River Renews Call for List of Accused Priests

The Diocese of Fall River is one of the few remaining Catholic dioceses in this country that has not published a list of accused priests. So far, more than 150 US dioceses have named names. Not so in Fall River, a diocese that yesterday saw its fifth priest since November removed from active ministry because of allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.

Newly Filed Lawsuit Shows the Diocese of Buffalo Protected More than Just Clergy Accused of Abuse

A teacher who was accused of abuse at a Buffalo parochial school was allowed to quietly move to a nearby town and start teaching again, this despite apparent knowledge by Catholic officials that the teacher was an abuser. We applaud the man who came forward to share his story and hope that it encourages others who may have been hurt by this teacher to speak up and get help.

Buffalo Priest Returns to Ministry Despite Being Named in Second Lawsuit in New York

When it comes to allegations of clergy abuse, Catholic church officials have used a playbook with many different strategies. A key part of that strategy has been to self investigate, with predictable results.

Another Priest in Michigan Faces Criminal Penalties, SNAP Credits the Attorney General Investigation

Another Catholic priest accused of a sexual crime has been charged publicly, and we think a lot of the credit goes to the work done by Michigan’s attorney general. A.G. Dana Nessel has shown the power and importance of secular investigations and how these investigations can protect the vulnerable from harm.

NFL’s Saints Commit an Egregious Personal Foul by Interfering With Clergy Abuse Investigation

The New Orleans Saints, an NFL Football team, are for some reason involved with doing damage control for the beleaguered Archdiocese of New Orleans. Making matters worse, team executives are going to court to prevent the public from being aware of their intervention.

Nelson Perez Named as New Archbishop in Philadelphia, SNAP Responds

Another Priest Added to Oklahoma City’s List of Abusive Clerics

Another priest has been added to the Oklahoma City Archdiocese’s list of abusers. We call on Catholic officials to do outreach in every community where this priest worked to encourage other possible victims to come forward and make a report.

SNAP Points Out Fatal Flaw in Church-Run Investigations

Catholic officials in Rome have opened an abuse investigation into a New York prelate who three months ago they had selected to lead an abuse investigation of his own. This situation is a clear example of the need for external, secular investigations instead of church-run ones.

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