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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).

Archdiocese of Washington DC Providing Millions to Disgraced Cardinal

In a move that is outrageous to survivors of clergy abuse and current Catholics alike, Church officials in Washington D.C. have seen fit to give millions of dollars to a prelate who enabled and covered-up cases of sexual abuse. It seems to us that Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. should stop donating to the archdiocese if they are going to waste millions on a disgraced cleric instead of using those funds to improve the safety and conditions of parishes within their borders.


Diocese of San Bernardino Quietly Adds Name to List of Accused Clergy, SNAP Calls for Public Outreach

Catholic officials in San Bernardino have quietly added another abuser to their list of accused clergy, apparently without notifying the public. We call on diocesan leaders to use all of the resources at their disposal to share this information and encourage other survivors to come forward and get help.


French Catholic Church Admits to As Many as 10,000 Victims since 1950


Third Accuser against Fr. Michael Pfleger Comes Forward

Yet another victim has come forward to allege that he was the victim of inappropriate sexual contact at the hands of a popular Chicago priest. We hope that this latest accusation will cause parishioners at the cleric’s church to stop their intimidation campaign against the survivors who have come forward and to refrain from trying to influence or expedite the investigation into the alleged abuse.


SNAP Urges Support of Iowa’s SOL Reform Bill

A bi-partisan proposal in the Iowa State Legislature to eliminate both the civil and criminal statutes of limitations and establish a “look back" window” is now with the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, although SSB 1017 was slated for consideration by the Committee last week, it was pulled from the agenda at the last minute. We believe that anyone who is informed about the realities of child sexual abuse (CSA) and how the trauma often prevents the victims from coming forward would be in favor of the passage of this important bill.


SNAP Urges Support of Iowa’s SOL Reform Bill

A bi-partisan proposal in the Iowa State Legislature to eliminate both the civil and criminal statutes of limitations and establish a “look back" window” is now with the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, although SSB 1017 was slated for consideration by the Committee last week, it was pulled from the agenda at the last minute. We believe that anyone who is informed about the realities of child sexual abuse (CSA) and how the trauma often prevents the victims from coming forward would be in favor of the passage of this important bill.


Archdiocese of Chicago Pressured to End Investigation into Popular Priest Accused of Abuse


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.


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


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