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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).

SNAP Disappointed as Houston Priest Escapes Criminal Charges

A priest who was removed from his parish in 2019 following allegations of inappropriate behavior with another adult was in court this week in Houston, but a grand jury elected not to proceed with the criminal case against him. Our hearts ache for the victim who has been out and public about the abuse he suffered and we hope that he is getting the support and help that he needs.

Diocese of Norwich, CT Declares Bankruptcy, SNAP Responds

Yet another Roman Catholic diocese has declared bankruptcy as a result of claims for child sexual abuse and cover-up. We believe that this move is more about protecting church secrets than it is about a lack of assets and we hope that parishioners and the public will demand better of their church leaders.

SNAP to Transition Leadership as President Tim Lennon Steps Down

Following years at the helm of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the nations oldest and largest support group for victims of clergy abuse, Tim Lennon has stepped down from his position as President of the Board of Directors. We are grateful to Tim for his years of service and can look back on his tenure as a time of growth and success.

A deceased Catholic priest from Vermont is accused of sexually abusing a child; SNAP asks for his personnel file

A long-dead Catholic clergyman from the Diocese of Burlington has been accused of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1960s. We commend the victim, who is now in his 60’s and wishes to remain anonymous, for having the courage and strength to come forward after carrying this heavy burden for so long. 

Fr. Roger Carlin died in 1980. The accusations stem from between 1966 and 1967 when the survivor was 9 years of age.  The cleric was assigned to St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington at the time.

Catholic officials discounted warnings as they facilitated cleric’s rise; SNAP outraged

A recent review of documents from the ongoing Vatican trial of Fr. Gabriele Martinelli revealed that powerful figures within the Church hierarchy discounted warnings given about the seminary student before his ordination.

We are outraged by this news. The alerts given to Catholic officials about Seminarian Martinelli should have prompted both internal investigation and a report to law enforcement. We are stunned that the complete opposite happened and the Seminarian was ordained a priest.

Trial of Fr. Armand Garcia in Philadelphia again continued; SNAP hopes for the victim's sake this will be the final delay

We were astonished to learn of yet another continuance in the trial of Philadelphia Catholic priest Armand Garcia. The cleric’s trial was set to begin on July 12, 2021, but has been put off until August 24, 2021. We can imagine how hard these continued delays must be on the brave survivor. We here at SNAP support her and hope that the slow wheels of justice will soon provide the closure she deserves.

Colorado Senate Bill 88 signed into law, allowing victims of childhood sexual assault to hold institutions accountable; SNAP applauds the development

Colorado Senate Bill 88 signed into law, allowing victims of childhood sexual assault to hold institutions accountable; SNAP applauds the development

On July 6th Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 88 into law. This "window to justice," which will allow victims of child sexual abuse who were assaulted after 1960 to file lawsuits for restitution from public and private entities, will go into effect in January of 2022 and remain open for three years.  Private entities could be responsible for up to $500,000 in damages, with a possibility of that amount doubling should the court find that there was any cover-up. Public institutions are only responsible for damages up to $387,000. 

Retired Catholic Bishop accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a child in 1990; SNAP responds

If there was ever any doubt that New York's Child Victims Act would effectively expose perpetrators and the institutions that enabled them, those doubts surely continued to fade yesterday as a high-ranking Catholic official in the Diocese of Buffalo was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a young boy. We were not surprised to learn that the abuse occurred during what is supposed to be a memorable time for a young Catholic, their confirmation.

Catholic Diocese of Fresno remains silent about the ‘Party Priest;’ SNAP stands in support of his victim and also wonders when the Diocese will release its promised list of abusers

Anglican Bishop takes a temporary leave of absence after a "regrettable error; SNAP urges more investigation and a harsher ecclesiastical penalty

Popular Anglican Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese has stepped down for what he termed a “regrettable error.” That error was the refusal to inform the faithful in his Diocese that lay minister Mark Rivera had been charged with felony child sex abuse in 2019. The Bishop had known of the charges since that year, but only informed the parishioners of the Diocese last month.

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