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).

Former Catholic School Coach Convicted in Child Porn Case, SNAP Calls for Update to Diocesan List

A former coach at a Catholic high school in Havelock, North Carolina, has been convicted on twelve counts of second degree child sexual exploitation. We now call on Diocesan officials to update their list of those “credibly” accused to include this teacher and all other lay employees or volunteers in the Diocese of Raleigh that have hurt children or vulnerable adults.

Catholic Teacher in Camden NJ Sexually Abuses Student at Least 60 Times

A teacher at a Catholic school in Camden, New Jersey, has been arrested for sexually abusing a student at least 60 times over the course of a year and a half. This is the 13th arrest of a Catholic staffer this year, demonstrating an ongoing need for Church officials to better prevent cases of sexual abuse. It is also a reminder of the important role that secular law enforcement plays in prevention.

Independent Compensation Program Exposes Identities of Victims

A mis-addressed email exposed the names of nearly 50 survivors who were taking part in a compensation program run by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Reports indicate that those victims were never notified that their identities had been exposed. 

Report from Germany Likely Undercounts Scope of Catholic Order Abuse

Greensburg Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse is 54th Cleric since 2018 Grand Jury Report to be Outed as a Perpetrator

A Catholic priest from the Diocese of Greensburg was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting an altar boy in 2004, making him the 54th priest since the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report to be outed as an abuser. These revelations would never have happened if it were not for the work done by A.G. Josh Shapiro. We call on attorneys general in every other state to follow in his footsteps and make tangible progress towards keeping children and vulnerable adults safer.

Priest Convicted of Theft Also a Credible Child Abuser According to Diocese of Greensburg

A priest from the Diocese of Greensburg who was previously convicted of theft is also a “credibly accused” child abuser, according to church officials. We call on Bishop Edward Malesic to personally visit each parish where this priest worked, urging others who may have been hurt by him to come forward to local law enforcement.

Diocese of Columbus Settles Lawsuit, SNAP Calls for Outreach

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has settled a lawsuit with a victim of clergy sexual abuse and we now call on church officials to update their list of accused priests. The Diocese should also share the news widely and encourage others who may have been hurt to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.

Missing Soldier from Fort Hood Reported Sex Abuse Before Death

The death of a missing soldier from Fort Hood is a sad story. The only good thing that could come from such a sad story is for people to learn more about the scourge of sexual abuse, the need to confront and demand better from our institutions, and what role they can play in supporting survivors and preventing abuse.

Youth Leader Indicted on 89 Counts of Child Sex Abuse, SNAP Responds

A Delaware youth leader has been indicted on 89 charges related to child sex abuseThis is an extremely disturbing case that demands answers from church officials about how this man was able to secure his position and then abuse children for multiple years.


Baptist Pastor Charged with Child Sex Abuse and Human Trafficking

A Baptist pastor from a Kalamazoo church has been charged with multiple counts of human trafficking and child sexual abuse, disturbing news that will hopefully rally the community to support his victims and take steps to encourage others who were hurt to come forward.

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