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).

Brisbee Abuse Case Underscores Need to Eliminate Clergy Penitent Privilege

A disturbing case of child sexual abuse and cover-up in Tucson is drawing attention to the need to reform laws to ensure that cases of abuse are reported quickly so that children can be protected and authorities can intervene in abusive situations.

SNAP Demands Discipline for Pueblo Bishop Following Revelations in Colorado’s Updated Special Master Report

According to an investigation undertaken by Colorado’s attorney general, the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo was aware of an allegation of sexual abuse against one of its monsignors and yet chose not to report it to police until two weeks after the monsignor died. To us, this appears to be a brazen attempt to avoid scandal and punishment and we call on Pope Francis to intervene in this situation and immediately remove the prelate who allowed this to happen.

Updated Report Reveals More Abuse in Colorado and Underscores the Need for Accountability within the Catholic Church

A year after their initial report into Catholic clergy abuse in Colorado, the attorney general’s office has released an updated report containing the names of even more abusers. We are grateful for the work done by the attorney general’s office and believe that it underscores the need for consistent and ongoing secular oversight into religious institutions.

Another Priest Accused of Child Abuse in Chicago, SNAP Responds

Another priest from the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has been removed from his position due to allegations of child sexual abuse. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and we hope they are getting the help and healing they need.

New York Attorney General Sues Diocese of Buffalo, SNAP Applauds Secular Oversight

New York’s most sued Catholic diocese is facing a new lawsuit, this one coming from New York’s top law enforcement official. We are grateful for the efforts by the New York attorney general’s office and believe that secular intervention like this is key to preventing future cases of clergy abuse.

Teacher and Youth Pastor Arrested on More than 400 Criminal Charges Related to Child Pornography

A man who is a high school teacher, soccer coach, and youth pastor has been arrested and charged with more than 400 counts of possession of child pornography. Now we call on church and school officials to ensure that parents, parishioners, and alumni are aware of the accusations and to encourage anyone who may have been hurt or witnessed wrongdoing to come forward.

Suspended Catholic Deacon in New Orleans Faces Criminal Investigation

A Catholic deacon from the Archdiocese of New Orleans who was suspended in August has been accused of raping a child and is being criminally investigated. The crime is alleged to have occurred twenty years ago and has stayed hidden until this year, making us fear that there are other victims still suffering in silence. We call on Archdiocesan officials to spread the news about these accusations throughout their borders so that others who may have been hurt will know they are not alone and can come forward to get help.

SNAP Writes to Every Diocese in the US - Policies to Protect Adults Should be Adopted by All

Two survivors of clergy abuse have created stringent new policies that will ensure both children and adults are better protected from cases of clergy abuse. We applaud these survivors for their efforts to close loopholes in current policies within the Catholic Church and urge every single bishop, archbishop, and cardinal in the United States to adopt these policies immediately.

Another Setback in Lawsuit Filed Against West Virginia Diocese

A creative lawsuit filed by West Virginia’s attorney general has hit another setback and we are disappointed that the efforts to force transparency and accountability against the Catholic Church in West Virginia has hit another hurdle.

6 More Victims Join Lawsuit Filed against Dallas Jesuit Prep

A lawsuit filed against a prominent Dallas-area private school last year has now grown to include six more plaintiffs who allege that they were sexually abused by Catholic priests while students at the school. We applaud these brave victims for coming forward and hope that this lawsuit will lead to punishments for enablers and changes at the school that will protect future students from the scourge of sexual abuse.

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