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).

Defrocked minister to lead retreat in Georgia

Defrocked minister to lead retreat in Georgia

In 1999 he admitted abusing boy at a retreat in Texas

Church fails to warn retreat-goers of his crimes

Victims blast Dolan & Vatican over serial predator priest ruling

In a new decision, Vatican officials are refusing to defrock a serial predator priest, Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, and NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan is quietly going along with the reckless decision. 

Maine’s highest court lets pedophile priest case go forward

In a new ruling, Maine’s highest court is letting a child sex abuse victim expose a predator priest in the court. The case involves Fr. Renald C. Hallee, who was found, just last year, working in a Boston-area Catholic church, despite the pending court case against him.

SNAP responds to arrest of pedophile teacher in LA

We are deeply disturbed at the level of depravity of Mark Berndt. Our hearts grieve for the torture suffered by the children that he abused and who may have looked up to him as a teacher before he betrayed their trust. We hope they are able to find healing and recovery.

SNAP responds to release of David Pierce

We've very worried that this convicted serial child predator is being released so quickly and will soon again be around unsuspecting families. 

Finn’s new staff say “no anonymous abuse reports;" SNAP responds

For decades, most Catholic bishops have assured their flocks they “take child sex abuse seriously” and “act promptly” on reports or suspicions of abuse. So it’s disconcerting that only now Kansas City church officials are claiming they’re starting to “look into suspicions of abuse.”

Victims comment on child sex abuse reform bills advancing

Whenever a lawmaker stiffens penalties against child predators, our children are safer from abuse.  We applaud Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia's tough new criminal bills and hope that other lawmakers in the state follow her lead.

Philly judge issues rulings this morning; SNAP responds

This morning, a Philadelphia judge ruled again that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua will testify in the upcoming clergy sex abuse and cover up trial involving Msgr. Lynn.

Notorious ex-CA pedophile priest jailed; SNAP responds

One of the most notorious serial child molesting Catholic clerics in California history has apparently been jailed in Ireland for child porn. 

Serial child predator may be paroled; SNAP responds

The Alabama parole board tomorrow will consider paroling a serial child predator, Charles Donald Corley, who manipulated and assaulted children through both a Boy Scout troop and a Methodist church. The board should err on the side of the safety of kids and keep Corley behind bars.

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant