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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).

State Senator Calls for Reinstatement of Priest Accused by Multiple Victims of Abuse, SNAP Calls for Her to Help Uncover the Truth Instead

A month after two victims accused a prominent Catholic priest in Chicago of childhood sexual abuse, an Illinois state senator is using her office to cast doubt on these survivors and to demand the reinstatement of the cleric.


Announcing SNAP Leadership in India

SNAP is pleased to announce that we will bring our survivor support model to India thanks to Jerome Anto, who will be joining our team as the SNAP Leader for his country. We are excited to offer SNAP peer support services and information to victims in India who may benefit from this resource and look forward to seeing our network grow thanks to Jerome’s work.


SNAP to Oakland Bishop: More than 160 Abusers Spent Time in Your Diocese

Leaders from SNAP in the Bay Area have compiled data showing that at least 161 abusive clerics have worked and lived in the Diocese of Oakland. We are calling on Diocesan officials to update their current list and to be clearer with the Bay Area’s Catholic community about the exposure children and the vulnerable have had to these men.


Despite Allegations of Abuse, Chicago-area Priest Allowed to Keep Working


Statute of Limitations Reform in California is Leading to Justice and Healing

A little more than a year ago, AB 218 was signed into law in California, opening a three-year “window to justice” that would revive claims that had been barred by the state’s archaic and predator-friendly statute of limitations laws. Since that bill went into effect, we have seen hundreds of new survivors come forward, exposing uncomfortable truths about hidden perpetrators and their enablers in California. To us, there is no question that this law is providing a path towards justice, healing, and prevention.


Msgr. Craig Harrison to Resign, SNAP Calls on Diocese of Fresno to Release Results of Internal Investigation

At a press conference this afternoon, embattled Msgr. Craig Harrison announced that he is resigning from the priesthood. We hope that this decision will comfort the multiple accusers who have come forward and that Catholic officials in Fresno will release the results of their internal investigation soon.


Another Horrifying Report into Child Sexual Abuse in a Catholic Institution in Scotland Calls for International Action


Catholic Priest from Diocese of Gaylord Accused of Abuse

A Catholic priest from the Diocese of Gaylord has stepped aside after he was accused of “sexual misconduct” with an adult woman. We hope that this victim is getting the support they need and we honor her courage in coming forward with her story.


Crisis Hits America’s Seminary at the Vatican and New York Archdiocese

Gene Thomas Gomulka, Clerical Abuse Victims Advocate

619-437-7116 • 619-203-8911 • [email protected]

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Crisis Hits America’s Seminary at the Vatican and New York Archdiocese

Shocking Clerical Sexual Misconduct and Cover-Up Exposed in Major Lawsuit

NEW YORK, February 16, 2021 An explosive Complaint was filed in a lawsuit on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 by Manhattan attorney Raymond W. Belair of Belair & Associates P. C. in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of former seminarian Anthony Gorgia. The lawsuit names New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan; the Archdiocese of New York; the Pontifical North American College (NAC), the U.S. seminary in Vatican City; the NAC rector, Illinois-priest Father Peter Harman; the NAC vice-rector, Washington D.C.- priest Father Adam Park; and others as shocking allegations of clerical misconduct and cover-up are revealed in graphic detail.


Another Abuser Sentenced Thanks to Secular Investigations

A former Pennsylvania Catholic priest who was named as an abuser in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury report has been sentenced to five years probation for his crimes. While we would have hoped for a stronger sentence to better protect children, we are happy that yet another perpetrator has been identified and convicted thanks to the work of secular law enforcement professionals.


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