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).

HI- Man suing Hawaii priest speaks publicly, SNAP responds

The man who accuses a Hawaii priest is speaking publicly about his case. (“Colorado man suing Bismarck Diocese comes forward,” January 06, 2013)

VT- Pedophile priest trial to start; SNAP responds

Almost every single clergy sex abuse and cover up trial surfaces more damning information about the complicity of top church officials. So we are grateful this brave victim is seeking justice in court. We hope that Vermont citizens will pay close attention to the proceedings and that Vermont Catholics will ask tough questions of their church hierarchy. 

FL- Former Student minister arrested for child sex crimes, SNAP responds

David Lawson, the former student minister at Christ Church in Jacksonville FL, was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual activities with a minor. 

PA- Philly priest had abuse settlement in the past; SNAP responds

Shame on the Franciscans. They recruit, educate, ordain, hire, train, and transfer clerics, making them swear allegiance to the order for life. Then, when one of them molests, Catholic officials pretend to be powerless to stop him from working elsewhere. And in this case, Franciscans apparently lied to an abuse victim by claiming they’d keep this predator away from kids.

MO- SNAP responds to new state abuse recommendations

Getting rid of the criminal statute of limitations is a good start, but the civil statute should be gotten rid of too.

GA- Msgr. David P. Talley promoted, SNAP responds

We’re encouraged that Msgr. David P. Talley has been promoted to be Atlanta’s auxiliary Catholic bishop. We don’t know much about him but it can only help that he has worked as a caseworker for abused and neglected children.

PA- Pittsburgh priest sentenced; SNAP responds

Considering that he had thousands of child porn images and admits viewing them for a decade, we strongly suspect that Fr. Sorensen may have molested kids too. Consider that he worked at;

PA- SNAP blasts PA governor over Penn State suit

Pennsylvania politicians who want the entire Penn State fine to be spent in Pennsylvania are being greedy. And anyone who wants to overturn the fine entirely is being short-sighted.

MO- SNAP New Year plea to St. Louis archbishop regarding predator priest

A St. Louis priest, Fr. Walter Craig, was ordained 90 years ago. He died more than 40 years ago. Now, he’s been credibly accused of child sex crimes.

Rome- Abuse victims blast Pope over new appointment

An international support group for clergy sex abuse victims wants Pope Benedict to reverse his decision and pick a different individual to head the Vatican’s abuse office.

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