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).

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. 

Bishops praise themselves on child sex abuse again, SNAP responds

Since it was adopted a decade ago, the bishops’ extremely vague abuse policy has been consistently weakened and sporadically followed. So these alleged “audits” are nearly meaningless.

Sex Abuse Victims Urge Bishop to “Rein in” Parishioners

A support group for victims of clergy sex abuse is calling on Stockton’s Catholic bishop to “rein in his flock” after parishioners rallied around a priest who was found guilty of sexually molesting an altar boy.

SNAP responds to conviction of pastor in OK

We are glad that a jury has convicted Dean Hopkins of his crimes. Children are always safer when predators are in jail, and this conviction will certainly protect children in the Osage County area. When sentencing takes place in June, we look forward to a long sentence that will continue to protect children in Oklahoma.

SNAP responds to trial of Catholic school coach in Philly

We are hopeful that this trial will bring healing to the victims of Louis Spadaccini. It is very rare that victims of childhood sexual abuse are given a chance to have their day in court , and while it may be difficult for them to go over the sexual violence inflicted on them by this alleged predator, we remain optimistic that hearing the truth become public will prove cathartic. 

SNAP responds to new lawsuit filed against two dioceses in the southwest

This story is a sad reminder of how often “more of the same” is perpetuated nationwide by church officials. It is beyond disappointing that a decade after top church officials pledged to be open and honest about clergy sex crimes, we continue to find out how bishops use retreat centers and other parishes to hide priests who are suspected child predators.

Bishop Finn goes to trial, SNAP responds

We are pleased that the case against Bishop Finn will move forward. This is the first time that a Bishop has faced criminal charges for his role in a cover-up, and we are hopeful that the full truth will come out in a trial.

Victims want Dolan to disinvite Philly Cardinal

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking New York’s Cardinal Tim Dolan to disinvite one of his controversial colleagues who is set to preach tomorrow at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

SNAP responds to arrest of youth pastor in WA

No matter what the “age of consent” is, it is always hurtful and dangerous when someone abuses their position of authority to have sex with a minor. It is especially troubling because it is impossible to guarantee that Lim waited until his victim became 17; the abuse could easily have started much earlier. 

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