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).

Priest who Abused at Least Two Children Later Became State Senator

A former priest who abused at least two children later became a state legislator in Colorado. The fact that a priest with multiple allegations of abusing girls was never reported to secular authorities and was able to ascend to this high position goes to the heart of our concerns that the cover up in Colorado was deep and wide.


Diocese of Springfield Wants to Hire New Investigator for Clergy Abuse Claims

Catholic officials in Springfield, MA are looking to hire a new internal investigator to review reports of clergy sexual abuse. We suggest that they instead should turn all allegations over to trained law enforcement and leave the investigating to secular professionals.


Prolific Predator Priest Arrested for Child Porn in Portugal


Former Catholic and Anglican Priest to Stand Trial for 22 Sex Crimes

A former Anglican priest from Fresno accused of sexually assaulting nearly a dozen victims will stand trial. We applaud this move and hope this news encourages others who may have seen, suspected, or suffered his abuse to come forward and make a report to police.


Attorney General's Report into Clergy Abuse in Colorado Released, SNAP Responds

Today, the Colorado Attorney General released the results of his voluntary review of church records in Colorado. Unfortunately, absent subpoena power and the ability to compel testimony under oath, we are not confident that the attorney general was able to review the full scope of abuse and cover-up in Colorado.


Church Officials Move Slowly on Abusive KC Priest Promoted to Bishop


New Lawsuit Filed in California Against Abusive Monsignor from New York

In a new lawsuit, a New York native priest is accused of molesting a California child. He is Monsignor Vito Frances Mistretta, originally of Brooklyn. We urge Brooklyn Catholic officials – from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio down to the parish secretaries and bookkeepers - to aggressively seek out more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers who could shed light on these abuse reports.


Diocese of Buffalo Updates List of Accused Priests Yet Continues to Omit Names

Church officials in Buffalo have updated their lists of accused priests. However, while providing more information, they continue to omit names, not presenting parishioners and the public with the full truth.


Grand Jury Declines to Indict Msgr. Rossi, SNAP Reacts


Settlement Process Ends in Diocese of Duluth

The bankruptcy reorganization at a Minnesota diocese has ended and now dozens of survivors of sexual abuse will be compensated for the abuse and cover-up they experienced. We hope that this process has brought healing to these survivors and that parishioners in Minnesota will be vigilant in keeping an eye out for signs of abuse in the future. 


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