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).

South Carolina Bishop Accused of Abuse in New York Lawsuit

The highest-ranking Catholic official in South Carolina is being accused of child sexual abuse according to a just-filed New York lawsuit. For the safety of children, we call on church officials in the United States and in the Vatican to act quickly and suspend this bishop from his post pending an full investigation into the allegations.


New England Bishops Institute Yet Another System to Handle Abuse Allegations Against Bishops, SNAP Responds

Church officials from the Boston Province have instituted a new “independent” system for reporting allegations against bishops. We believe that rather than institute new systems for these kind of reports, people should be encouraged to make reports directly to police and prosecutors instead.


Wyoming Law Enforcement Recommends Charges Against Two Catholic Clergymen, SNAP Responds

Following a review of accusations of child abuse, authorities in Wyoming have recommended that charges be brought against two unnamed Catholic priests. We are grateful for this development and hope that it encourages others who experienced abuse to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.


Popular Chicago Priest Accused of Abuse


List of Publicly Accused Nuns According to Bishop Accountability

The below is a list of nuns that have been publicly accused of abuse according to the watchdog site BishopAccountability.org. A copy of this list will be given out at the August 14 press conference held by SNAP leaders in Phoenix, AZ.


Diocese of San Diego Bans Communication Between Priests and Minors, SNAP Reacts

A Catholic bishop in California is forging ahead on his own to find new ways to combat clergy sexual abuse scandals. We appreciate these efforts but believe that it is only actions and not words that can be taken at face value.


SNAP Louisiana Calls for Reform Now

In recent days we have learned about the lack of transparency and lack of thoroughness by the Archbishop of New Orleans when dealing with the wholesale sexual abuse and exploitation of our precious children. We have also learned that the official list of credibly accused priests should be expanded. This is why we have gathered here today.


Another Scandal in Buffalo as a New Case is Filed Against an Active Priest

Another priest assigned to a scandal-ridden diocese in upstate New York has been accused of sexual abuse, and he is still in active ministry.  


SNAP Honors the Bravery of Two Young Survivors in D.C.

For immediate Release: August 8, 2019

Two young girls are testifying in open court this week about the abuse they suffered at the hands of a parish priest in Washington D.C. We honor the bravery of these courageous and young survivors as they share details about things that should never have happened to them in the first place.


Cincinnati Church Officials Shift Blame over Fr. Drew


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