If you have been sexually abused, witnessed or suspected  someone has been sexually abused by clergy, please contact law enforcement authorities.  If you need support or help, contact us at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP]

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Beyond the Darklands - Bernard McGrat

In 2006 Bernard McGrath, a former Roman Catholic Brother, was convicted on 21 charges of sex abuse while working as a teacher and dormitory master at Marylands School during the 1970s. He was acquitted of a further 32 charges. The abuse happened when he worked there in the 1970s. But the story doesn'tstop there.
New Zealand, ABC News, "Ex-Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath loses extradition fight over 252 child sexual abuse charges", June 11, 2013.
The video series Beyond the Darklands - Bernard McGrath was picked up and aired on Swedish television.  To view the three parts click on these links:
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When Priests Become Predators, Profiles of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors: An Interview with Tom Neuberger  8/8/12

For nearly 40 years, Tom Neuberger has been a legal gadfly, challenging the powers that be and fighting for the “little guy” in the court system and the media. Although raised a devout Catholic and having received nearly all of his schooling in that educational system, Tom has spent the twilight of his career seeking justice on behalf of those who were betrayed by the very institution which played such a key part in his education and upbringing. Click on this link to read more about what he had to say about the Church sex abuse crisis.

ABC Radio National, Religion and Ethics Report, " Bishop Geoffrey Robinson discusses Cardinal Pell and the Church response to the sex abuse crisis"

May 2, 2012.  As the Victorian government prepares to begin its enquiry into sex abuse into religious, and other, organisations, there is renewed attention to how the church handles complaints, and accusations, against clergy. Since 1996, the Catholic Church around Australia has used a protocol known as Towards Healing, which has been revised twice, in 2000 and 2010. At its core, Towards Healing encourages victims of church sex abuse to go to the police. It also contains provisions for removing church personnel from jobs that involve contact with children and minors.

But there is a gap in Towards Healing, in that one of the biggest dioceses in the Australian church, the Archdiocese of Melbourne, is not part of the protocol. It has its own system, known as the Melbourne Response. The archdiocese opted out of the system in the mid 1990s, when the man in charge was George Pell, now cardinal archbishop of Sydney. It should be noted that when Cardinal Pell came to Sydney in 2001, he did not attempt to remove the Sydney archdiocese from Towards Healing. Nonetheless, his decision in Melbourne in the mid 1990s did upset the man responsible for Towards Healing, the now retired Catholic bishop Geoffrey Robinson. Click on this link to hear more about what he had to say about the Church sex abuse crisis.

ABC Radio National, Religion and Ethics Report, "The Catholic church subpoenas US victims group"

May 2, 2012.  In the United States recently, in the dioceses of St Louis and Kansas City in Missouri, church leaders have issued subpoenas demanding access to the records of the organisation called SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. SNAP is mainly a counselling and support group and many victims have given details of their cases, even if they do not want to prosecute perpetrators. Into the bargain, one of the leading conservative Catholic voices, William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told The New York Times recently that SNAP was 'a menace to the Catholic Church' and said the church needed to 'toughen up and buy some good lawyers'. The national director of SNAP, David Clohessy, explains the nature of the legal challenge that his organisation faces.  Click on this link to hear more about what he had to say about the lawsuit.

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Extallation at Exchange Street, Temple Bar Dublin, February 2012  

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CBS Atlanta, Radio Interview, "Are priest more likely to get away with crime than regular citizens"

October 11, 2011. Recently in the news, a group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has filed a case against Pope Benedict XVI. They are angry that the Pope and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have failed to do something about the priests who who are guilty of rape and sexual abuse. Tonight, Bev Smith is joined by Vincent Warren, who is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Click on this link to hear more about what he had to say about the lawsuit.

(Video) National Survivor Advocates Coalition: CNN – World’s Untold Stories – Secrets and Sin.

Three part video investigation of the child abuse scandal within the Catholic Church and the landmark legal case being brought against the Holy See.
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(Video) The documentary "All God's Children"

Through the eyes of three families, the documentary "All God's Children" tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuse at the hands of the parents' missionary colleagues. The survivors and parents share their journey of seeking justice, redemption and healing. click on this link:


The final Beast File for season two looks at the Catholic Church’s response to child sex abuse and the 2000-year paper trail of Church documents showing this first became an issue in the years following Jesus’ death. Over the years, Vatican officials have blamed child sex abuse by priests on everything from homosexuality to the media. Recently, in a letter of apology to Irish Catholics, Pope Benedict XIV, appeared to blame the abuse on the secularisation and fast-paced change associated with modern society. But as this Beast File shows, modern society has little to do with it and documents linking priests to child abuse go back almost 2000 years. Most of the information for this story was garnered from the following four books, which are great sources for anyone looking for more information. click on this link:


Examining the crisis

What does it mean? What happens next? When will this end? What can we do? examines these questions and more from many readers trying to make sense of the exploding sex abuse scandal, now involving the Vatican. To help readers examine these questions more deeply, NCR has openied "Examining the Crisis," a new blog on They are offering these pieces as a way to begin to move beyond the current phase of reporting of the crisis. click on this link:


The Homies

ABC's  Four Corners explores the kids society didn't want, orphaned or wrenched from broken families, then shunted off to "homes".  Over decades, tens of thousands of Australian children were sent to state and charitable institutions to be raised by complete strangers. Some kids were identified by numbers, not by their names. Chores were numbingly routine. Discipline was harsh at best. Many endured extreme cruelty - emotional, physical and sexual.  click on this link:


Psychologist For Priests: I Saw Abusers Reinstated

NPR's Michele Norris interviews Dr. Leslie Lothstein  | April 15, 2010.  

For years, the Catholic Church has quietly sent priests accused of sexual transgressions to psychiatric centers for treatment, many of them affiliated with the church.  Dr. Leslie Lothstein has treated more than 300 Catholic priests at one of those centers, the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. (The institute no longer has an official relationship with the church.)  Lothstein, who is not Catholic himself, says many of his patients have sexual problems. And he says the church does not always follow psychologists' directives about patients who are treated.  
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Oprah's Conversation with Child Molesters

The Oprah Winfrey Show  |  February 08, 2010.   She calls it the most honest conversation she's ever had with sex offenders. Oprah sits down with four admitted child molesters for a frank, graphic discussion of their crimes. Watch the two-hour conversation in its entirety—an exclusive.  
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"Miss America by Day" 

This story authored by former Miss America Marilyn van Derbur discusses her childhood abuse by her father.  
To watch an interview with  Ms. Van Derbur regarding her story, her child protection advocacy, and her recently
released book about her life, click on this link:


"A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders"

A report by members of the US Federal Bureau of Prisons comparing abusers of laws against posession and distribution of child sexual images verses hands-on child sex abusers.  The goal was to determine whether the former group of offenders were “merely” collectors of child pornography at little risk for engaging in  hands-on sexual offenses, or if they were contact sex offenders whose criminal sexual behavior involving children, with the exception of Internet crimes, went undetected.  click on this link:


Ohio Kids in the Film "All God's Children"

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These are audio and video reports prepared by news organizations for public awareness

First court case ever against the Vatican to be upheld by a US Court of Appeals:

John V. Doe  vs. Holy See,  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Click on the links below to watch Video of the press conference, March 4, 2009  Part A  Part B  Part C



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Canadian Broadcast Company Report and Interview on
Father Charles Sylvestre, Abuser of Over 50 Girls

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"Survival of the Spirit"

This is a Special Message to Survivors and Supporters from Fr Tom Doyle

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