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).

Paterno & Penn State president knew; SNAP responds

Based on this disclosure, we believe prosecutors must file more charges against these three conspirators, especially Spanier. And we believe that every single building, program, statute or honor to Joe Paterno should be removed and rescinded.

MO - Judge issues historical ruling for abuse victims’ parents; SNAP responds

A KC judge is letting a wrongful death lawsuit, stemming from childhood sex abuse by a priest, go ahead toward trial because the victim’s parents charge they were deceived by church staffers who “fraudulently concealed the clerics’ crimes.”

MO - Judge rules against KC bishop; SNAP responds

We are glad that Bishop Finn has lost his bid for more secrecy. We are glad that he must turn over relevant documents to prosecutors. This information can only help shed light on how Catholic officials handle abuse reports and predator priests in secrecy.

IL - IL passes new child sex law; SNAP responds

We're grateful almost any time lawmakers take steps to better protect kids. But this law won't make much difference.

PA - SNAP's letter to Archbishop Chaput

June 27, 2012

Dear Archbishop Chaput;

We are leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

PA - Victims want Philly Catholic official defrocked

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Philadelphia’s Catholic archbishop to start defrocking a high-ranking church official who was convicted last week of endangering children by refusing to report known and suspected child sex crimes.

PA - House arrest for convicted Philly Catholic official? SNAP responds

We believe Msgr. Lynn being behind bars is just, and helps end current cover ups and deter future ones, both inside and outside the church. 

VA - High profile ‘exorcist’ priest is sued in VA for abuse

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer is a manipulative, sick charlatan. He has sexually violated other devout, vulnerable Catholic women. Like Fr. Daniel McGuire and Fr. John Corapi, Fr. Euteneuer travels widely and trades on his charm and charisma to exploit unsuspecting parishioners who are often in awe of his high profile and impressive connections.

CA - Three victims settle lawsuit in California, SNAP responds

We are grateful to these three brave men who have helped expose a predator priest and who have won some semblance of justice. We strongly suspect that Catholic officials in Santa Rosa and Dublin knew of or suspected Fr. Patrick McCabe's crimes but kept silent and endangered more children.


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