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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).

SNAP Wants Vigil for Accused Priest Canceled

Abuse group wants event cancelled

Vigil is planned tonight for accused priest

“That intimidates other victims,” organization says

SNAP: Bishop should tell his flock to “stay home tonight”


SNAP Reacts to the Release of Names of Accused Clerics in the Diocese of Sacramento

The Diocese of Sacramento has finally released its list of clergy “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children.  There are 62 names on the list, including at least 25 that, as far as we can tell, have never been publicly identified before: 


Lawyer Calls Survivors “Pigs at the Trough,” SNAP Responds

An attorney for an accused California priest took his chance to disparage every survivor of child sexual abuse by calling them “damaged” and “people with unsuccessful lives who want to feel important.” He argued that the Diocese of Fresno’s call for reports of abuse is like “inviting the pigs to line up at the trough for whatever their needs are.”


NJ School District Cannot Fire Former Priest Who Impregnated Young Girl

For immediate Release: April 29, 2019

We are absolutely appalled that an ex-clergyman who got a teen pregnant must be given back his job at a middle school. We call on state and Church officials to do all they can to stop this dangerous move. 


West Virginia Diocese Fights Case on Technicalities, not Merits

West Virginia Catholic officials are doing what Catholic officials have done for decades: claiming they cannot be sued for clergy sex crimes and cover ups. In a twist, this time the action was not filed by a victim, but rather the state’s top law enforcement officer. 


Admitted Abusive Priest with ties to Chicago arrested in East Timor

For immediate Release: April 29, 2019

A priest from a Chicago-based Catholic group has been arrested for molesting little girls in East Timor, one of the poorest countries on earth. We hope Catholic officials in Chicago will mount an aggressive outreach drive so that he might also be charged here.


Another Survivor Comes Forward in the Diocese of Fresno; SNAP Responds

For immediate Release: April 29, 2019

A second man has now accused Msgr. Craig Harrison of child sexual abuse. He reportedly told the Merced Police Department on Friday that the monsignor inappropriately touched him in 1988 when he was a boy. The priest had been suspended from ministry earlier in the week pending an investigation into similar allegations from another man.


Former NH Priest Named in New York List of Abusers, SNAP Urges Outreach

A former New Hampshire priest has been named a credibly accused child molester by Catholic officials.


SNAP Extremely Troubled By Reporting Delay In The Diocese Of Fresno

Msgr. Craig Harrison is the second priest from the Diocese of Fresno in as many months to be suspended from ministry while allegations of the sexual abuse of a minor are investigated.


Where is The Vatican's Preliminary Report into Theodore McCarrick?

Last October, Pope Francis called for a "thorough study" into Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and how he was able to advance up the church hierarchy despite the allegations of serial abuse that had been made against him.


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