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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).

Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Former Bishop Bransfield is Settled

A sexual assault lawsuit against the former Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston WV has been settled. We hope this outcome brings some healing to the survivor and will encourage other victims of Catholic clergy to come forward, find support, and help prevent future cases of abuse by exposing perpetrators.

Cardinal George Pell Loses Appeal, Will Continue to Serve Sentence

Former Bishop of Buffalo and Nashville Accused of Covering Up Abuse in New York Lawsuit

A former bishop from Nashville and Buffalo has been accused of actively covering up abuse by more than twenty plaintiffs who just filed a lawsuit in New York. We hope that this lawsuit will encourage others who may have seen, suspected, or suffered abuse to come forward to authorities and make a report.

North Dakota Priest Under Investigation for Abuse, SNAP Urges Outreach by Church Officials

A Catholic priest may face criminal child sex abuse charges in North Dakota. We call on church officials to use all their resources to encourage anyone with knowledge about these allegations to call law enforcement immediately.

Priest from Dominican Order Accused of Abuse in New York

A priest of the Dominican Order has been accused of abusing an eight-year-old boy in a just named lawsuit. We applaud the survivor in this case for coming forward and hope that his example inspires others who may been suffering in silence to come forward and make a report of their abuse.

Two More Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse in Pittsburgh

Fr. Geoff Drew Indicted on 9 Counts of Rape, SNAP Responds

Less than a month after being placed on leave, a Cincinnati-area priest has been indicted on nine counts of rape. We hope that today’s charges bring comfort to his victim and encourages others who may have seen, suspected, or suffered his abuse to come forward and make a report to police and prosecutors.

Fr. Urbano Vazquez Found Guilty, SNAP Responds

A priest who had been accused of abusing at least two young girls in Washington D.C. has been found guilty. We are grateful for this verdict and again applaud the two young victims who testified in open court last week.

SNAP to NY Victims: “Now go to the police”

Children in New York are much safer now because hundreds of abusers were publicly exposed yesterday by brave victims of sexual violence, thanks to the window opened by the Child Victims Act. Now, we urge those survivors to take the next crucial step: reporting to law enforcement.

Former Albany Bishop Accused of Abuse in New York Lawsuit

A former Catholic bishop from Albany is being accused of child sexual abuse according to a newly filed New York lawsuit. We hope that this news will encourage others who saw or suspected abuse to come forward and make a report to police.

Bishop Howard Hubbard is alleged to have molested a child in the 1990s while he was working as the Bishop of Albany. According to the lawsuit, Bishop Hubbard and another priest, Fr. Paul Bondi, abused the boy while he and his family were members of St. Mary’s Parish in Ballston Spa, NY. 

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