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).

New survey on clergy abuse is release; SNAP responds

Despite a decade of vigorous public relations, a new survey shows that most Catholics don’t believe their bishops are “reforming” how they deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.


Prominent predator priest returns to Detroit

A prominent Catholic priest from the Detroit area has returned home in the wake of his admission that he had an “affair” and fathered a child whom neither he nor his Catholic institution are supporting.


Top Vatican official kept silent for months about Legion predator

Reuters is reporting that a top Vatican official has kept silent for months about a high profile Catholic priest’s fathering a child. 


Accused Buddhist priest arrested in Alaska for Illinois child sex crimes

Camnong Boa-Ubol, a Buddhist monk who raped a girl at a southwest-side monastery was arrested yesterday in Alaska. We're grateful that this credibly accused child molester is in custody. It's crucial that law enforcement aggressively pursue likely sex offenders who flee to other cities, states or countries.


Another Legion of Christ sex scandal, SNAP responds

Our hearts go out to this woman and her child, and to everyone who has been hurt by the reckless, callous, secretive and cult-like Legion of Christ. We know that there are many other cases like this, in which a powerful priest has manipulated a vulnerable parishioner. (see Fr. Henry Willenborg on BishopAccountability.org)


SNAP blasts backers of accused Rabbi in NY

This is a disturbing show of insensitivity and apathy towards the victim of this alleged predator. Child sex abuse is a heinous crime with long-lasting effects, and it is incredibly callous for these “supporters” of Nechemya Weberman to so publicly champion this alleged abuser. Shame on everyone involved.


Extradition trial of Indian priest postponed, SNAP responds

An India court has postponed the extradition trial of a priest who abused a girl in Minnesota and then fled back to his native India. The trial is set for later this month.


Church lawyer says Michigan bishop lied to him

A lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia testified yesterday that he was lied to about child sex abuse when he questioned aides to former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. One of those aides was Rev. Joseph Cistone, who today is the Bishop of Saginaw.


Clergy sex victims blast Springfield MO bishop

On Friday, in the National Catholic Reporter, Springfield Bishop James V. Johnston made this callous comment about a recently deceased Jeff City cleric who was an admitted molester:


Vatican opens investigation into 7 Legion priests, SNAP responds

For months or years, Catholic officials have put kids at risk by staying silent about these credible allegations of heinous crimes. Each of them should have been publicly announced the moment they were deemed credible. And in each case, high ranking church officials should have publicly begged anyone who saw, suspected or suffered these clerics' crimes to call police and get help.


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