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).

SNAP blasts parishioner for tampering with jury for a second time

Twice in a matter of weeks, a supporter of Fr. Michael Kelly has attempted to sway a juror. This is a crime, and deserves to be punished as such. It is one thing to pray for a priest and believe he is innocent (though a 12 person jury found him guilty of molesting a boy). It is quite another to actively attempt to persuade a juror towards your point of view.

SNAP applauds Spain’s plan to set up registry for stolen babies

We are glad that the Spanish government is taking this step to help make right the stolen babies scandal. While a lifetime away from one’s rightful child or parents is sure to be devastating, we hope that helping these “stolen children” find their biological parents will result in some healing for both parties. 

SNAP applauds school board in GA, wants other schools to follow suit

We are child sex abuse victims and supporters. We belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

Convicted sex offender becomes preacher

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking a South Dakota church to reconsider licensing a convicted sex offender. Juan Carlos Sabalier is the music leader and youth leader at Huron Baptist Church (955 Lincoln Ave. SW, 605 352 5310, 605 354 0614) in Huron, SD. 

Embattled Clergy Sex-Abuse Survivors Submit New Evidence to International Criminal Court

April 11, 2012, New York – Today, a survivor-led support group for sex abuse victims, which is under attack by U.S. Catholic officials, submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) new and extensive documentation that the organization says shows ongoing child rape by Catholic clergy and continuing cover-ups by bishops and Vatican officials.  The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the new evidence, submitted by SNAP’s attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights, underscores the urgent need to prevent future child sex crimes and cover-ups and hold church officials accountable for widespread human rights abuses.

SNAP opposes weakening of sex-offender registry

A few Missouri lawmakers want to stop requiring convicted sex offenders to list their work addresses on the state sex offender registry. (Some say this requirement makes it harder for some offenders to get some jobs.

Clergy sex victims lose ruling, but case moves forward

Two child sex abuse lawsuits against the Providence Catholic diocese are still moving forward despite a judge’s decision in favor of the defendants. The cases involve alleged child sex crimes by Fr. Brendan Smyth and alleged recklessness by the Providence diocese. In the 1960s, Smyth worked at Our Lady of Mercy parish in East Greenwich RI.

More Boston predators’ names exposed; SNAP responds

Boston’s the one archdiocese where transparency about predator priests should be routine. But it’s still not. We still learn about credibly accused clerics from sources outside the church hierarchy.

Child sex case v. Catholic cleric who worked in NJ settles

A child sex abuse case against a former NJ Catholic cleric, Fr. Leonard Thomas Walsh (who worked in Rutherford), has been settled. 

Victims group blasts NYC Cardinal Dolan over new report

In the church's ongoing child sex abuse and cover up scandal, Cardinal Dolan continues to dish out pabulum instead of push for reform. 

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