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).

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Msgr. Vincent Breen

A new lawsuit has been filed by three survivors of childhood sexual abuse who allege they were abused at the hands of a priest in the Diocese of Oakland. Suits were previously file in 2003 and 2010. We applaud these courageous women who have persevered to bring more information about the abuse by Msgr. Vincent Breen to light. Without the recently passed AB 218 signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and championed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, there would be no opportunity to fully reveal the monsignor’s predations.


Case Against Accused Priest that Ended in Hung Jury to be Re-tried

We are thrilled by the decision to re-try a Kansas City archdiocese priest whose trial last month ended in a hung jury. We believe this move will help keep children in Kansas safer and sends the message that abuse will not be tolerated.


At Least Seven More McCarrick Survivors Come Forward, SNAP Urges Outreach

At least seven more men have come forward to allege that a now-disgraced cardinal abused them as children. We applaud these survivors for coming forward and hope that these men are getting the help and support that they need.


Diocese of Sacramento Helped Abusive Priest Obtain Position in Mexico, SNAP Reacts

According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento assisted a priest in obtaining a new position in Mexico following four sexual abuse accusations in Northern California. The legal complaint includes a letter, reportedly written by the diocesan attorney and approved by the bishop at the time, allowing the cleric to work in Mexico as long as the diocese there assumed “full responsibility” in the event the clergyman committed a sex offense while working in in that country. 


SNAP Slams Latest Intimidation Tactics by Jesuits in New York


SNAP Applauds as California Governor Signs SOL Reform into Law


Manhattan SNAP Leader Comments on Enlightenment Machine no. 1

The below are comments that were delivered by Manhattan's SNAP Leader, Brian Toale, at today's premiere of Enlightenment Machine no. 1, the new play from NYC nurse, survivor and activist Kat Sullivan.

Welcome, everyone. The play you have just seen is meant to celebrate those whom few of us ever thought we would be celebrating; survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Today we carry the message that every survivor of childhood sexual abuse deserves their chance to heal. This is true whether or not you want to confront your abuser, seek justice in the courts, or share your story with the public. None of that is required to begin the healing process.


Letter from SNAP To CA AG Becerra Regarding Witness Intimidation and Harassment

Dear Attorney General Becerra:

Attached is a letter SNAP just sent to the Bishop of Fresno. As you will read, a victim and witness to sexual assault by a current priest, Msgr. Craig Harrison, is being sued, harassed and threatened by the suspended clergyman. The harassment is escalating and we hope that your office can do something to intervene.

 


Judge Denies Fr. Drew’s Motion to Reduce Bail, SNAP Reacts

A Cincinnati judge has denied a request from priest accused of abuse to reduce his bail. We are grateful for this move as it will ensure that the survivors of this priest will have their day in court.


New Lawsuit Filed Against the Diocese of Biloxi

A new sexual abuse and cover up case has been filed against a Mississippi diocese. We hope that this brave survivor’s decision to come forward will encourage others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes in the Diocese of Biloxi to make a report of their own.


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