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).

Weldon Report has Impacts for Diocesan Review Board

A recently released report into the sexual abuse and cover-up by a former Springfield bishop has had serious ripple effects at the diocesan level. Once again, this report and any acrimony that arises from it is further proves to us that diocesan review boards are ripe for corruption and bias. The only proper investigatory authority is an unbiased secular agency, such as the District Attorney, the Attorney General, or an impaneled Grand Jury.


Damning Report on Abuse at Presentation High School Released, SNAP Calls for Attorney General Intervention

A damning report into abuse and cover-up at a San Jose high school was released yesterday. This investigation revealed a culture of minimization and an unwillingness to report abuse to authorities. It is a microcosm of the problems that continue to plague the Catholic Church today.


Former Vicar General in Steubenville Removed from Parish


Catholic Officials Nationwide Circumvent Rules to Receive PPP Funding, SNAP Calls for Governmental Oversight

We are not surprised to see that Catholic officials have found a way to quietly rob the American people of up to $3.5 billion of our tax dollars given their decades of success robbing children of their childhoods and communities of their safety. This story paints a clear need for a fundamental shift in the way our government views the institutional church. Elected officials should be more willing to step in and investigate wrongdoing by religious entities.


Priest Added to St. Louis’ List of Accused Priests is Member of Local Sports Halls of Fame

A former clergyman who was been listed as “credibly accused” of child sex abuse by the Archdiocese of St. Louis is also a member of two local Halls of Fame. We believe these honors should be reexamined and removed in light of his history.


Bishop Peter Jugis Defends Priest’s Actions as “Boundary Violations” in Letter Explaining his Removal

In a move that seems to have been lifted directly from the “circle of secrecy” that was exposed in Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 2018 grand jury investigation into clergy abuse, Charlotte Catholic Bishop Peter Jugis minimized and sanitized the allegations against a local priest in a letter explaining his removal to parishioners.


Victims urge bishop to discipline accused predator priest


More Mid-MO predator Priests Are ‘Outed’ By Church

Two more mid-MO predator priests are exposed

Church officials elsewhere say they’re “credibly accused

But Jeff City’s bishop ‘stays silent’ about them, SNAP charges

Neither are on his official diocesan child molesting clerics list

A third abusive priest was just added, but was also ‘outed’ elsewhere

The 3 were at 10 mid-MO towns: Jeff City, Moberly, Boonville & Fayette

SNAP: “What other dangerous predators are local Catholic staffers hiding?”


Disgraced Catholic Priest Francis Trauger Pleads Guilty, SNAP Reacts

A former Catholic priest and serial child abuser from Levittown, Francis (Frank) X. Trauger, will plead guilty to charges he sexually assaulted two boys. We are grateful to the police and prosecutors who pursued this case and secured some measure of justice for Trauger’s victims. We are confident that without their involvement, children would still be at risk.


Diocese of Albany Belatedly Adds Priest to List, SNAP Calls for Independent Investigation into Cover-Up

A New York Catholic diocese appears to have waited until after a priest died to find allegations against him “credible,” despite the fact that reports against the priest spanned the previous three decades. We suspect this delay was purposeful in an attempt to wait out New York’s Child Victims Act and call for the attorney general to investigate.


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