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).

PA- Archdiocese of Philly announces new review board, SNAP responds

It's the structure, not the membership, of this board that's the problem. As long as the archbishop picks every single member and as long as the board depends almost strictly on church officials for information, it will lack effectiveness, objectivity and credibility.

IN - Indianapolis gets new Archbishop, SNAP responds

Today, according to the Vatican Insider, the Pope appointed Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who currently heads the Congregation for religious in Rome, to be the new archbishop of Indianapolis.

WI- Wisconsin abuse victims push to open files

Wisconsin abuse victims push to open files

Hundreds of pages may implicate NY's Cardinal

PA - Victims blast Chaput for putting priest back on the job

Apparently, Chaput has unilaterally revised the American bishops’ child sex abuse policy. For years, it officially was “one strike and you’re out.” Now, in Philly at least, it’s become “one strike and you’re in.” Chaput is putting Fr. Joseph DiGregorio back on the job, in part, because “no other complaints were reported.” 

FL - Accused priest speaks in Orlando

A Catholic priest who faces at least six allegations of sexual harassment is scheduled to speak tomorrow at religious conference in Orlando. 

OK - SNAP blasts church officials’ legal technicalities in Tulsa

It is extremely distressing how church officials at Victory Christian Center have handled this case revolving around the rape of a 13-year-old girl on church property.

OH - Ex-Columbus priest on trial for child sex charges

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Columbus Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out” anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by a former priest who is facing criminal charges right now. 

CANADA - SNAP praises Bishop for speaking out against abuse, urges action

We are grateful any time clergy sex crimes and cover ups are publicly discussed. We applaud Bishop Dunn for raising this issue before his fellow church officials.

NM - Organist in New Mexico sentenced for child porn, SNAP responds

A former organist was today given 7 ½ years behind bars for spreading child pornography.

WV - Wheeling bishop rejects victims’ plea

West Virginia’s top Catholic official is rejecting a plea from clergy sex abuse victims for a public meeting about child sex abuse allegations against him. Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Michael Bransfield said, through his spokesman, that he will not hold a question and answer session to discuss the accusations, first disclosed six months ago in a Philadelphia courtroom. 

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