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).

Victims urge bishop to discipline accused predator priest

More Mid-MO predator Priests Are ‘Outed’ By Church

Two more mid-MO predator priests are exposed

Church officials elsewhere say they’re “credibly accused

But Jeff City’s bishop ‘stays silent’ about them, SNAP charges

Neither are on his official diocesan child molesting clerics list

A third abusive priest was just added, but was also ‘outed’ elsewhere

The 3 were at 10 mid-MO towns: Jeff City, Moberly, Boonville & Fayette

SNAP: “What other dangerous predators are local Catholic staffers hiding?”

Disgraced Catholic Priest Francis Trauger Pleads Guilty, SNAP Reacts

A former Catholic priest and serial child abuser from Levittown, Francis (Frank) X. Trauger, will plead guilty to charges he sexually assaulted two boys. We are grateful to the police and prosecutors who pursued this case and secured some measure of justice for Trauger’s victims. We are confident that without their involvement, children would still be at risk.

Diocese of Albany Belatedly Adds Priest to List, SNAP Calls for Independent Investigation into Cover-Up

A New York Catholic diocese appears to have waited until after a priest died to find allegations against him “credible,” despite the fact that reports against the priest spanned the previous three decades. We suspect this delay was purposeful in an attempt to wait out New York’s Child Victims Act and call for the attorney general to investigate.

Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud sets Deadline for Compensation Program

A Minnesota diocese that is currently going through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy has set a deadline of October 21, 2020, for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward and file a claim. We call on Catholic officials to share this information widely, advertise the time limit in local newspapers, and make every effort to ensure survivors throughout the state are aware of this deadline.

(Survivors who wish to take advantage of this compensation program can find the announcement here and the information on how to to file a claim here.)

Diocese of Savannah, GA to Get New Bishop, SNAP Calls for Action

A Catholic diocese in Georgia is getting a new bishop. We hope that this incoming prelate will make the protection of children and the vulnerable his highest priority and we suggest two immediate steps he can take when he is formally installed as bishop.

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Must Add Names to List of Accused Priests

The names of two abusive clerics that were revealed late last month by the Marianist order must be added to the rosters of abusive priests in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Catholic officials there must also explain why these names were omitted in the first place.

Five Delbarton Monks and One Lay Teacher Accused of Abuse, SNAP Responds

Five more monks and one lay teacher who lived and worked at Delbarton School in New Jersey have been accused of abuse in new lawsuits, including one monk – Fr. Benedict Worry – who is believed to currently be living at the school. We applaud these brave survivors who brought these claims forward and are confident that their information will help prevent future cases of sexual abuse.

Statement of SNAP Regarding a Motion to Dismiss the Federal Bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The legal counsel for the Abuse Survivor’s Creditors Committee filed a motion Friday, July 3rd, to dismiss the Archdiocese of New Orleans Chapter 11 bankruptcy on the grounds of “bad faith.” The attorneys also claimed that the Archdiocese pursued this bankruptcy to gain a litigation edge over current and future sexual abuse survivors’ claims for justice.  The lawyers cited two cases from the Fifth Circuit where defendants used this tactic to gain such an advantage.

SNAP Stands in Support of Danny Lavery and Calls for Investigation into Menlo Church

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