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).

Diocese of Bridgeport Suspends Priest for Child Sex Abuse 17 Years After Allegations Were First Reported

A priest accused of abuse in Connecticut has just been removed due to “credible allegations” of abuse which were first reported in the early 2000s. We call on church officials to explain the delay and to provide an explanation for their public silence on this situation.


Former Priest and Serial Abuser Arrested in Philadelphia on Federal Charges


Bishop Richard Malone Must Go

A just-unearthed recording of Buffalo’s top Catholic official has confirmed that he knew about allegations of sexual harassment against a priest in his diocese and did nothing. This inaction combined with the months of scandal and lies from church officials in Buffalo should compel church officials in the Vatican to step in and discipline him.


Child-abusing Former Priest Arrested in Philadelphia, Local Leader and Survivor Reacts

Today, a child abusing former priest from Levittown, Francis Trauger, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two boys. The below statement is a personal statement from local Philadelphia SNAP leader Mike McDonnell who is also a survivor of Trauger:


Church Officials in Pittsburgh Create “Third-Party Reporting” System to Handle Allegations of Abuse, SNAP Responds

Church officials from the Diocese of Pittsburgh today announced the creation of a new system to handle “questions related to suspected wrongdoing in parishes, schools or diocesan offices.” Rather than create new systems for handling allegations, however, we believe that people should instead be encouraged to make reports to law enforcement.


Survivors’ Group Calls for More Action from Church Officials in Cheyenne

Several weeks ago, we learned about potential charges being filed against a former Cheyenne, Wyoming bishop. Today, we are urging law enforcement officials to update the public and for church officials in Wyoming to take punitive action against their former leader.


Deacon Convicted of Abuse in Michigan, SNAP Applauds Survivor

A deacon in Michigan has just been convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy. We hope that this sentence will bring comfort to his victims and will encourage others with information to come forward and make a report to police and the state attorney general.


Franciscan Monk who Transported and Abused Children from Mississippi also Spent Time in Philadelphia

A priest who has transported children across state lines in order to abuse them also worked and abused in Philadelphia. Now, we are asking the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia to get involved in the investigation into his crimes and determine if there were others in the Philadelphia area who were hurt.


Once again another Pittsburgh Priest is Accused of Sex Abuse: SNAP responds


Survivors of clergy abuse calling on Federal authorities to investigate former Franciscan monk and his religious order for transporting children across state lines to sexually assault them

Group also concerned that cleric taught in a Green Bay diocese grade school from 1999-2010 after being credibly accused of child sex crimes in Mississippi


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