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).

SNAP Responds to Statement by New Orleans Saints Owner

Saints owner Gayle Benson last night released a statement “clarifying” her organization’s role in the clergy abuse list released by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Rather than release statements, we believe the best way for Mrs. Benson to truly clarify the situation would be to release the emails exchanged between the Saints and Catholic officials.

 


Letter to the Diocese of Oakland re J. Roger Lucey

Dear Bishop Barber and Chancellor Wilcox:

A priest who resided and worked in the Oakland Diocese for at least sixteen years was added to the list of clergy with “substantiated allegation of child sexual abuse” by the Diocese of LaCrosse in Wisconsin earlier this week. He was previously named, in December of 2018, as  a cleric  with “established allegations of sexually abusing a minor” by the Jesuits Midwest Province


Clergy Abuse Survivors Return to Rome on First Anniversary of Vatican Abuse Summit to Bring About More Change

At his much-anticipated abuse summit last year, Pope Francis called for an “all-out battle” on clergy abuse. Now, on the anniversary of that summit, clergy abuse survivors and advocates are returning to Rome to mark the anniversary of the summit and demand more action and change.


SNAP Applauds as States use Catholic Clergy Abuse Lists to Screen Applicants


Indiana Senate Weakens SOL Reform with New Amendment

We are grateful any time that legislators look to take critical reforms to the statute of limitations in their state. At the same time, it is disappointing to see well-written and well-meaning bills, aimed at protecting children and securing justice for survivors, hobbled by amendments that slow the pace of reform and promote the status quo.


Former Priest Accused of Abuse Worked as Victims Advocate for Seattle Police Department

A former priest who was accused of sexual abuse worked for years as a victim’s advocate for a police department in Seattle. Now, an investigation is finally being launched by law enforcement into the allegations against him.


Clergy Abuse Survivors Return to Rome on First Anniversary of Vatican Abuse Summit to Bring About More Change

At his much-anticipated abuse summit last year, Pope Francis called for an “all-out battle” on clergy abuse. Now, on the anniversary of that summit, clergy abuse survivors and advocates are returning to Rome to mark the anniversary of the summit and demand more action and change.


Richmond Catholic Officials Silence Critical Priest, SNAP Responds


French Cardinal Acquitted of Abuse Cover-up on Appeal, SNAP Reacts

A French cardinal saw his conviction for failing to report abuse overturned on appeal yesterday. We are concerned about the message sent by this news and hope that it does not embolden other Catholic officials, who continue to be opaque about cases of clergy sexual abuse.


Journalists Uncover More Hidden Names of Abusers in Texas

Once again, secular journalists have uncovered names of clergy abusers that were not released by Catholic officials themselves. We are grateful to the journalists for diving into this issue and hope that their work will inspire both district attorneys and attorneys general to open investigations into these hidden perpetrators.


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