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).

Bishops ask abused Australian bishop to step aside; SNAP responds

It’s bizarre and callous that some bishops are asking a fellow bishop to step down because he disclosed that he was abused by three priests.

Clergy sex victims want Dallas Episcopal shake-up

We look forward to a major shake-up in the Dallas Episcopal hierarchy over this stunningly heinous child sex abuse and cover up case.

SNAP Questions Irish Bishops' Claims About Church Finances

Irish citizens and Catholics should be extremely skeptical of claims of alleged ‘poverty’ by church officials. Prelates who are dishonest about children’s safety will certainly be dishonest about their vast wealth.

SNAP applauds brave family

We're grateful another family that was shattered by clergy crimes and cover ups is helping to prevent more crimes and cover ups. Each time a victim or witness calls police, files suit, or breaks silence, our society becomes a little bit safer for the most vulnerable among us.

Priest arrested for assaulting youth, SNAP responds

Our hearts go out to this young victim, and we are outraged at the alleged actions of Rev. Warnakulasuriya. The emotional trauma caused by incidents like this often lead to a years-long recovery process.

Pope at German Bundestag - Clergy Sex Victims disappointed

It’s sad that in Germany, where hundreds of brave, wounded child sex abuse victims have spoken up in the last year, the pope can’t bring himself to openly address the most devastating crisis in modern church history.

Judges order accused priest’s name released, SNAP responds

Oregon’s 9th US Circuit Court has issued a mixed opinion in a case involving two accused pedophile priests. One of the clerics’ names will be publicly released, the other one’s identity will not be kept secret.

New clergy sex & cover up cases filed in MT, SNAP responds

We applaud these brave, wounded men and women who are continuing to expose predators, warn families, protect kids, and educate the public about child molesting clerics and complicit Catholic officials.

Pentecostal Bishop arrested, SNAP responds

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds by Pentecostal Bishop Charles Brown will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start recovering. If you have information that would either prove or disprove these allegations, it is your moral and civic duty to speak up now.

Indianapolis archbishop steps down, SNAP responds

We wish Archbishop Buechlein well with his health struggles. At the same time, however, we are glad he’s stepping down  -- although we have little confidence that his successors - either the short term or long term ones -  will do much to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded in the Indianapolis archdiocese.

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