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 Stands with Survivors from the Boy Scouts of America

A new lawsuit is alleging ongoing cover-up of cases of child abuse within the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America. Survivors and advocates from SNAP stand in solidarity with these survivors of institutional sexual abuse and hope that they will have the chance at justice they deserve.


The Importance of Hotlines to Investigations

A report from the Associated Press has highlighted the incredible amount of information that has been gathered about institutional sexual abuse by investigators from the attorney general’s office in Pennsylvania. As the probe continues, now a year after the grand jury report was released, a critical element in the success of the investigation has been the existence of a confidential hotline.


Diocese of Buffalo Accused of New Cover-up, SNAP Calls on other Bishops to Act

Again it seems Buffalo’s bishop is putting children and vulnerable parishioners at risk. A recent news report revealed that Bishop Robert Malone has been keeping an accused priest on the job for roughly nine months. America’s bishops should denounce his behavior and call for immediate discipline if their recent pledges to hold their brother bishops accountable are to have a shred of credibility.


Abuse Allegations Revealed Against Priest from Niles, IL

A priest who worked in Niles IL is accused of sexual abuse, according to Minnesota Catholic officials. Unfortunately, Chicago area Catholics had to learn this information from a bishop elsewhere instead of from church officials at their own archdiocese.


McCarrick Letters Underscore the Importance of Education about Grooming

For immediate release: August 6, 2019

Letters released by the Associated Press today show how one powerful church official was not only able to groom children and adults for abuse but was able to do so openly. We hope that the publication of these letters will lead to both healing for the survivors and new opportunities for parents and the public to become educated about grooming.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati Informed of Allegations against Drew 6 Years Ago, SNAP Reacts

For immediate release: August 5, 2019

It is good that church officials in Cincinnati are looking into the actions that a local auxiliary bishop took in response to hearing allegations that a priest “violated child protection rules.” It is critical that all allegations involving children are routed immediately to police, and so it is also a good thing that Catholic leaders are investigating a possible delay in the reporting of those allegations.


Baltimore Archdiocese must expand 'accused' list

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314-566-9790)

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, expose the truth and deter future wrongdoing.

We’re here to warn parents, parishioners, police, prosecutors and the public about two potentially dangerous men, both connected to – or formerly connected to – the Catholic church in Maryland and DC.


Pennsylvania SNAP Leaders Share Reflections One Year after PA Grand Jury Report

The one-year anniversary of the scathing grand jury report on six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses is fast approaching. The report triggered tremendous strides on a horrifying topic that was once never discussed. Since Aug 14, 2018, when Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the 884-page findings, more than a dozen states’ attorneys general have since launched their own probes into clergy sex abuse cases and set up dedicated phone numbers for victims. Here in Pennsylvania, more than 1,400 new calls have been received by the Attorney General’s hotline. This speaks volumes to the tremendous amount of effort that is going into exposing the perpetrators and those who shielded them. 


Deacon Allowed to Work with Children Despite Being Defrocked for Abuse


SNAP Applauds Survivor who Came Forward in Mississippi

A survivor has stepped forward in Mississippi to report the abuse she suffered at the hands of a Mississippi priest. We would like to thank this courageous survivor for coming forward and reporting these crimes committed against her.


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