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).

Letter delivered to HI Bishop Silva

This letter was delivered to Hawaii Bishop Silva yesterday regarding Fr. Marc Alexander: 


Victims applaud reform of SD child sex law

First, we want to thank the sponsors of this legislation and the brave men and women who were abused as kids who are backing it to help prevent future child sex crimes and expose current and former child sex crimes.


SNAP praises victims of Delbarton School teacher

We applaud these four brave men for having the courage to come forward and report the abuse they suffered at the hands of Travers. It takes a good deal of bravery to step forward and speak out against a charismatic leader such as this predator. Hopefully by these men breaking their silence, Travers will be prevented from victimizing other children.


SNAP responds to death of Joe Paterno

We respectfully urge those who love Joe Paterno to think long and hard before publicly praising and honoring him. He clearly could and should have done more to stop his long time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually violating kids.


Deposition of a SNAP leader to be made public

Late yesterday, a judge “unsealed” the six hour deposition of SNAP Executive Director David Clohessy by five lawyers representing Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and five Kansas City accused pedophile priests (Fr. Michael Tierney, Msgr. Thomas O’Brien, Fr. Mark Honhart, Fr. Francis McGlynn and Fr. Thomas Cronin). We will post it on our website as soon as we get a copy of the transcript. It ostensibly stems from a case called John Doe BP v. Fr. Michael Tierney and the Kansas City diocese and from one of three subpoenas that have been issued in recent weeks to victims who are SNAP leaders. This is the first time in SNAP’s 23 years that its staff has been subpoenaed. 


Virginia Catholic cleric suspended; SNAP responds

A Virginia Catholic cleric has been suspended because of allegations of sexual misconduct in New Jersey.


Ex NJ Catholic cleric suspended; SNAP responds

A former Morristown Catholic cleric has been suspended from his post in Virginia because of allegations of sexual misconduct in New Jersey.


Why rush to make Mother Teresa a saint?

A newly-revealed letter strongly suggests that Mother Teresa lobbied Jesuit officials to put an accused pedophile priest put back on the job quickly.


Victims battle gag order

In a new court filing, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking a Kansas City judge to let its director talk about a six hour deposition he was forced by church defense lawyers to give this week. 


Three recent troubling NY clergy sex cases involving Dolan

In Milwaukee, Dolan posted names of child molesting clerics on his archdiocesan website. In New York, he refuses to take even this simple, inexpensive step toward protecting kids. He’s going backwards, not forwards, regarding child safety.


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