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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).

OKC Diocese Knew of Abuse Allegation in 2001 Yet Only Added Priest to their List Now

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City just disclosed the name of another priest with a "substantiated" allegation of child sexual abuse, despite having known about the allegation for nearly two decades. This is a disturbing revelation that calls into question the cooperation of Catholic officials with the recently released report into clergy abuse in the archdiocese.


SBC’s fund-raising email misleads about support for most #SBCtoo survivors

In a new fund-raising email, the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission suggests that it “stands with” clergy abuse victims, a claim that is misleading and insensitive. 


Pope Francis Issues New Rules for Cases of Clergy Abuse

Following decades of institutionalized secrecy in cases of clergy abuse, today Pope Francis has issued new rules relating to how such cases are handled, ostensibly aiming at creating more transparency. We hope that these reforms will lead to less secrecy in cases of abuse and more openness from church officials throughout the world.


Ft. Wayne Priest Removed from Ministry Following Allegation of Abuse

A Ft. Wayne Priest has been removed from ministry after the abuse allegation against him was deemed “credible” by local Catholic officials. Yesterday the diocese apparently reached out to their flock, informing them of this development.


Diocese of Charlotte Due to Release Names Soon as Debunked Cliches Are Bandied About by Catholic Officials


Victims in Colorado Continue to Come Forward


Convicted Priest Set to Appear Before Parole Board, SNAP Hopes He Will Remain Behind Bars

A priest in Kentucky who was convicted of child sexual abuse in 2016 has a parole hearing at 2:00 PM on December 16, 2019 in Frankfort.  The hearing is open to the public. We hope that he will be kept behind bars and away from other vulnerable children.


Child Rape Charges Filed Against Former Deacon in New Orleans

A grand jury in Louisiana has indicted a former deacon on charges of child rape. We applaud this decision and hope it will bring comfort and healing to his victims.


Diocese of Columbus Ordered to Release Records

An Ohio judge is forcing the Catholic Diocese of Columbus to turn over records about clerics who may have seen, suspected or hidden cases of sexual abuse. We applaud this ruling which we believe will lead to safer communities and more transparency about cases of sexual violence.


Recent Addition to the Diocese of Santa Rosa List Points to Need for Catholic Bishops to Do More

Another abusive priest has been recently added to the list of names for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The name was apparently added after a reporter from another state pointed out that the cleric, who also worked in California, had been included on another list.


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