SNAP Applauds Ruling in Maryland CVA Challenge

SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [Chicago IL]

March 6, 2024

By Mike McDonnell

A significant Maryland law that permits survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue regardless of how long ago the alleged assault occurred survived a constitutional challenge on Wednesday. We applaud Circuit Judge Robin D. Gill Bright’s ruling today. 

Institutions and the insurance industry have long lobbied against reforms that benefit child victims. We are elated for the many victim-survivors who deserve validation and justice. ‘The challenge to constitutionality alone tells us that the catholic church continues to deny accountability. Never should we trust twice what they have shown us once. I am thrilled survivors have again prevailed.’ Mike McDonnell, SNAP Executive Director

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Executive Director (, 267-261-0578) David Lorenz, SNAP Maryland leader (, 301-906-9161) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President (, 814-341-8386)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is