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 Lansing, MI Releases List of Accused Priests

The Diocese of Lansing, MI today released their list of priests that have been accused of abuse. We hope that this release will bring hope and healing to survivors and will help protect more children from being victimized in the future.


SNAP Responds to Passing of Cardinal William Levada

Cardinal William Levada has passed away. In his wake, he leaves behind a legacy of obfuscation, cover-up, and minimization of cases of clergy abuse.


SNAP Applauds as Rhode Island Police Create Clergy Abuse Hotline


Diocese of Pittsburgh Files Petition with State Supreme Court


Philadelphians Deserve A More Open Prelate Following Archbishop Chaput’s Retirement

Archbishop Charles Chaput today turned 75, the age at which prelates are to submit their resignation to the pontiff. Often, the Vatican ignores this. But in this case we hope Pope Francis will act quickly to replace Archbishop Chaput with a cleric who is willing to courageously confront the archdiocese’s continuing abuse and cover up scandal. 


New Policies Are Not the Solution that Buffalo Needs


Victims seek records from Missouri AG


SNAP Applauds New Cheverus Fundraising Effort but Urges Fundraisers to Focus on Prevention First

Leaders from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are grateful that a handful of Catholic school alumni are raising money to address the issue of clergy abuse. We hope other classes will follow their lead. But while they appreciate and honor this interest in helping victims, SNAP strongly urge them to instead put the money they are raising towards preventing future cases of sexual abuse.


Rhode Island Church Knowingly Employed Child Abuser for 20 Years

A church in Rhode Island has knowingly employed a child abuser for twenty years, potentially giving this dangerous man access to vulnerable children. This open and flagrant violation of the Dallas Charter should demand an immediate response from church officials in Rhode Island and the Vatican.


Canadian Clergy Abuse Survivors Demand Full Disclosure from Bishops

Cornwall, Ontario: Following a Papal Summit on clergy sexual abuse in Rome, a group of Canadian clergy abuse survivors will be in Cornwall, Ontario to lobby the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops while they gather for their Plenary Assembly on September 23-26. The survivors meet with a representative group of bishops on September 22 and have events planned throughout the week.


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