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Victims Urge Maryland State Senators to Support HB974

Victims Urge Maryland State Senators to Support HB974

Survivors Believe the Proposed Measure Will Protect the State’s Children

Bill Will Also Provide Justice for the Abused

SNAP: Legislators Should Not Be Taking Direction from Those Who Shielded Perpetrators


Survivors Call for Transparency from Church Officials in Rockville Centre

Survivors Call for Transparency from Church Officials in Rockville Centre

“Release a list of accused priests now!” they demand

Diocese has Reached 300 Settlements, but no Names of Abusers have been Released – “Where is the transparency,” they ask

They Will Release a Letter that has been Written to Bishop Barres

And they will Call for Explanations of Barres’ Refusal to Take Action on an Abusive Priest in Pennsylvania


Minister kept accused abuser on the job

Minister kept accused abuser on the job

Now, he’s been named a college trustee

Police say he “refused to cooperate” with them

Other university trustees are upset with the move too

Groups want him ousted & external investigators hired

And they call on MO Attorney General to do statewide probe

Baptists are the second largest denomination in the Missouri


Clergy Abuse Survivors from SNAP Return to Rome on One Year Anniversary of Vox Estis Lux Mundi

Leaders and representatives from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will be available in Rome from February 19-23. Attendees will be on hand during the one-year anniversary of Vox Estis Lux Mundi and will be holding press events during that time. The below delegates will be available for interviews in Rome from February 19-23 and are also available in the United States prior to leaving for Rome:


One Year After List of Abusive Priests Released, Public Still Kept in Dark

One Year After List of Abusive Priests Released, Public Still Kept in Dark

“Church officials promised to be transparent, not silent on cases of abuse” Survivors Say

They Ask for Updates on Two Prominent Cases of Priest Abuse

SNAP: “Protect children, not abusers”


Survivors and Advocates Demand Response from New Orleans Saints

Survivors and Advocates Demand Response from New Orleans Saints

Team Should Release Abuse-Related Emails and “Be Direct, Open, and Transparent” Victims Say

Saints PR Team Suggested that the Archdiocese of New Orleans Use Those Same Words in  Releasing Abuser Names

NFL Should Intervene in Situation, SNAP Believes

Saints Appear to be in Danger of Losing  Their "Moral Compass”


Survivors and Advocates Call for Public Update on AG Abuse Probe

Survivors and Advocates Call for Public Update on AG Abuse Probe

“2019 came and went without any acknowledgement from AG Raoul”

They Ask AG to Update the Public on his Progress and Renew Outreach Efforts


New clergy abuse lawsuit is filed

New clergy abuse lawsuit is filed

For years, priest held diocese-wide position

Group blasts relatively new northern California bishop

He held high posts in Fresno and Sacramento dioceses too

His ‘credibly accused predators’ lists is incomplete, SNAP says


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Diocese of Belleville to Get a New Bishop, SNAP Responds

The Catholic Diocese of Belleville is getting a new bishop following the retirement of their current prelate. We hope that Belleville’s leader elect will usher in a new era of transparency and openness, but we are skeptical that this will actually happen.


Two More Victims Allege Abuse at the Hands of Cardinal George Pell

Two more men have come forward to allege that they were abused by Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic official. This story is a reminder of the challenges that survivors face and is a call-to-action for us to address those challenges in order to create a culture that supports survivors instead of demonizing them when they bring claims forward.


SNAP says ‘thank you’ to Journalist Bob Allen

With 14 years of courageous reporting on Baptist clergy sex abuse and church cover-ups, journalist Bob Allen made a difference in the lives of countless survivors and helped to make church kids throughout the country safer. In response to the announcement of his retirement on March 31, SNAP can only say “thank you.”


SNAP Calls on Diocese of Richmond to Extend Deadline to Register for Compensation Program in Light of Coronavirus

In February, the Diocese of Richmond quietly announced a compensation program for survivors. Their program has an incredibly short registration window, barely lasting two months. Now, in light of coronavirus concerns that have paralyzed a nation, we are calling on Catholic officials in Richmond to extend the deadline for their compensation program and make efforts to ensure that survivors of clergy abuse are aware of the program’s existence.


Diocese of Erie Suspends Compensation Program, SNAP Reacts

One of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses is suspending its compensation program for the next 90 days because of stock market concerns caused by the coronavirus. This is a hurtful and deceitful move that clearly shows that the best pathway for survivors to get justice is through the court system and not church-run programs.


Allegations Against Former Florida Priest Found Credible, SNAP Urges Outreach

Now that allegations against a former priest from the Diocese of St. Augustine have been found credible, church officials must use every tool at their disposal to share the information with their parishioners and do outreach to still-silent victims, encouraging them to come forward and file a complaint with police.


Catholic Church Not Following Own Rules in Dealing with Accused ex-Bishop

Despite much fanfare and applause surrounding Pope Francis’ recent “reforms” to handle cases of abuse or cover-up by bishops, a court-appointed official in Minnesota reports that the Church is not following its own rules in dealing with an accused former Archbishop. We are not surprised by this announcement and believe this is yet another example of why outside, secular investigations are needed in order to police Catholic officials.


Catholic Priest Accused of Abuse Chosen to Fly Above Diocese and Spread Prayers, SNAP Reacts

A Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit by a young seminarian was recently given the honor of flying in a plane above the Diocese of Camden in order to spread prayers from the air for all those affected by the coronavirus. We can only wonder why, out of all the priests in the Diocese, a man who has been accused of sexual abuse was the one chosen.


Catholic Vicar General in Buffalo Placed on Leave Following Accusations of Abuse

The second highest ranking official in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been placed on leave following accusations of sexual abuse. Given how scandal-ridden the Buffalo area was under former Bishop Richard Malone’s tenure, we are not surprised by this development. Once again, it seems to us that intervention from outside, secular law enforcement is definitely in order


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Faces Lawsuit for Sexual Harassment: SNAP Reacts


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