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).

Jury awards pedophile priest’s victim $1 million; SNAP responds

We are grateful to this victim who was brave enough to step forward and wise enough to take legal action.

Chicago predator priest may be freed soon; SNAP responds

A Chicago serial predator priest is trying to win his freedom from a Wisconsin prison. For the safety of kids, we hope he stays behind bars. 

Rabbi arrested in New Jersey, SNAP responds

Our hearts ache for the young victims of this alleged child predator. No child should be put through this torture, especially one that is thousands of miles from home on a trip meant to further his or her education. This is a reprehensible betrayal, and we applaud the FBI for making sure Rabbi Rivlin will be unable to hurt more kids.

Experts say 100,000 US kids abused by priests; SNAP responds

Two US experts told Vatican officials yesterday that roughly 100,000 boys and girls in America have been sexually violated by Catholic priests. We believe that this is a very low estimate, especially since there are an estimated 6,000 predator priests in the US. (see:

SNAP is proud of brave KC survivor

We are grateful to this brave man for speaking up about his childhood trauma, exposing a predator, and taking a huge step toward prevention and healing. 

Ten MT clergy sex abuse victims file suit; SNAP responds

We applaud these brave victims who are speaking up, exposing predators, protecting kids and deterring wrongdoing. We believe they will ultimately find that taking legal action and breaking their silence will lead to greater healing.

Victims urge Episcopal Bishop to take action against retreat leader

  • Defrocked minister to lead retreat in Georgia
  • In 1999 he admitted abusing boy at a retreat in Texas
  • Now, he’s set to lead a retreat in Augusta this weekend
  • And church officials are refusing to warn retreat-goers
  • Self help group is urging Episcopal bishop to ‘take action’

Victims want NY & CT prelates to denounce colleague

In a new, rare and stunning interview, former NYC Archbishop Edward Egan made shocking statements about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.  

SNAP responds to allegations against Marianist priest

Meinhardt.pngWe are clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

We are here today about two child predators – Brother Louis Meinhardt and Brother John Woulfe. Woulfe has been publicly exposed before. Meinhardt has not. Both are Marianists.

Victims praise LA school district

Protecting child requires swift and decisive action. Adults who prey on children thrive on delays and "internal investigations." In fact, we have seen time and time again how child predators continue to molest in institutional settings, even after their supervisors have suspicions, knowledge and evidence of crimes.

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