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).

BSA Files for Bankruptcy, SNAP Reacts

Following in the footsteps of other organizations with similar legacies of sexual abuse and secrecy, including Roman Catholic dioceses and U.S.A. Gymnastics, the Boy Scouts of America today filed for bankruptcy protection. Our biggest concern is that this bankruptcy will prevent survivors from having the opportunity to hold the scouts accountable in court, as well as to learn what was known about their abuser, when it was known, and who knew it.

SNAP says Cleveland Catholic Bishop Has Work to Do in Wake of Child Pornography Case

We applaud law enforcement in Cleveland for their thorough investigation of Fr. Robert McWilliams. The Catholic clergyman was originally arrested for possessing child pornography. Now, according to media reports, there is also evidence of “child prostitution” and "“hands on physical abuse.

Diocese Of Richmond Virginia announces “Reconciliation” Program, SNAP Responds

The Diocese of Richmond in Virginia has announced their plans to create a compensation fund for survivors of clergy abuse. While we appreciate the gesture, we hope that survivors in Virginia will carefully consider their options before signing on.

SNAP Reacts as Federal Judge Acknowledges Role in Saints Case

Statute of Limitations Prevents Charges Moving Forward against Msgr. Craig Harrison

Despite finding the allegations of abuse credible, prosecutors cannot move forward with charges against a prominent priest from Bakersfield. Our hearts ache for the four victims who came forward with allegations and we hope that this story encourages others who experienced abuse to come forward and make a report today.

SNAP Supports Efforts in South Dakota to Reform Statute of Limitations

A bill in the South Dakota House of Representatives could help prevent future cases of sexual abuse and support survivors of sexual abuse today. SNAP stands in support of HB 1196 and we urge legislators in South Dakota to take up and pass this meaningful reform in this session.

Hearing on Emails in Saints Case to be Public, SNAP Responds

A state hearing before a court-appointed special master that will discuss emails exchanged by the New Orleans Saints and Catholic officials from the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be open to the public. We applaud this decision and are grateful that the public will have the opportunity to be involved in the next step of this critical battle for transparency.

Former Seminary Teacher in Buffalo Stalks Journalist Covering Scandals in the Diocese, SNAP Stands in Support of the Journalist

News of a member of the media being stalked for reporting the truth is disturbing and highlights an ongoing concern of advocates, not just in Buffalo, but nationwide.


SNAP Calls on the Diocese of Steubenville to Release an Updated List of Accused Priests

In late 2018, the Diocese of Steubenville publicly named 16 priests that have been removed from their duties due to “credible” allegations of sexual abuse. Now, we are calling on them to update their list to include the names of twelve additional abusers who spent time in the Diocese of Steubenville.

Rhode Island Priest Grossly Misrepresents the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse, SNAP Calls for a Public Apology

A priest in Rhode Island last week used his bully pulpit to make ignorant and insensitive comments about clergy sexual abuse and now we are calling on Catholic officials in Rhode Island to publicly censure this cleric and denounce his remarks.

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