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).

Boarding School in Missouri under Investigation Following Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect

We applaud the decision by law enforcement officials in Missouri to open an investigation into the Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch. We know that the best way to get to the bottom of cases of abuse in religious institutions is for those claims to be probed by police and punished by prosecutors.


Statement from SNAP New Orleans Regarding Bar Date

Clergy sex abuse survivors have no choice but to accept the Sept 17th decision of Federal Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Grabill in setting March 1, 2021 as the date by which victims of abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans must come forward or lose their rights.  Judge Grabill disregarded U.S. Trustee Amanda George’s recommendation of a March 31st bar date.


SNAP Calls on Church Officials in Houma-Thibodaux to Include Fr. Brian Highfill on Credibly Accused Priests List

Leaders of SNAP in Louisiana are calling out the Houma-Thibodaux bishop for failing to live up to the standards laid out by the USCCB and for choosing secrecy over transparency in the case of an accused abusive priest.


AG Nessel Charges Former Catholic School Teacher with Sexually Assaulting Minors

Another Michigan abuser has been arrested thanks to the work done by the state’s top law enforcement official and her dedication to investigating cases of Catholic sexual abuse. We applaud AG Dana Nessel and her team and hope this news encourages others who may have been hurt to come forward and make a report to the AG’s office.


Diocese of Cleveland Welcomes New Bishop as SNAP Challenges Him on Transparency

The Diocese of Cleveland is welcoming a new leader today and we are calling on local parishioners to examine his record closely and demand that their diocese will be treated to more openness and transparency that the previous diocese led by this new bishop.


Two More Catholic Clerics Sued in New Jersey thanks to the Child Victims Act

A Catholic priest and a Catholic brother have been named in lawsuits for child sexual abuse in New Jersey. This latest news that shows the great benefit of the state’s Child Victims Act.  Giving survivors their chance at a day in court can lead to safer, more informed communities.


A Year After Resigning in Disgrace, a Former SBC Pastor Opens a New Church

Last year a pastor of a Southern Baptist Convention church in Tennessee was forced to resign after his “inappropriate relationships” with multiple female congregants came to light. Now, less than a year later, that same pastor is opening a new church and we fear that this situation will only create more victims of pastoral abuse.


Department of Justice Sends the Wrong Message to Survivors, SNAP Calls for Congressional Involvement

A move by the federal Department of Justice is sending the wrong message at the worst time, bringing more attention to the lack of federal action on behalf of survivors of institutional sexual abuse.


As Secular Media Exposes More Information about Former Cardinal McCarrick, the Absence of the Vatican Report is Even More Glaring

Yet another story has come out detailing financial misdeeds and abuse cover-ups perpetrated by disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his enablers. As secular media continues to release updates and information to the world, the Vatican continues to drag its feet on releasing its own report on the McCarrick scandal.


Bishop-elect for Diocese of Duluth, MN Resigns Following Accusations of Abuse

A priest who was tapped this summer to lead a diocese in Minnesota has withdrawn from the position after being accused of abusing a child in the 1980s. This sad situation is a reminder of just how high alleged abusers can climb in the church and speaks to a critical need for a shift in how we respond to allegations of child sexual abuse.


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