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We All Helped Build The Wall Of Silence Around Victims Of Sexual Assault

By Guila Benchimol, December 12, 2017, Huffington Post

Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment claims led to Roger Ailes's downfall, recently stated that "the culture of concealment and denial is coming to an end" and the Silence Breakers were just named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. But a culture of silence does not simply end when its victims are ready to speak up. For victims to be heard, we must understand what role we play in building the silence around them.

 
 

Who is SNAP?

SNAP is 99.9% comprised of volunteers – survivors and supporters – who run and attend support group meetings, answer the Helpline, meet one on one with survivors, pick up phone calls in the middle of the night, and answer dozens of emails a week from victims who need help.

These are volunteers. They pay their own expenses. They do what they do to help survivors and expose abusers. They want to end the cycle of abuse.

The volunteers at SNAP are the heart and soul of the organization.

We are not therapists. We are peers. We help victims find good reputable therapists. We encourage all crime victims to report to law enforcement, including civil attorneys who are qualified to advise them of their legal rights.

We do this because of our passion for justice and child safety. And our thousands of volunteers donate their time, talent and resources to SNAP.

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If you see child sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

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Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, passed away on Sunday, September 24th, 2017. Her dying was sudden and completely unexpected. Words cannot express our sorrow nor are there words to express our gratitude for her relentless advocacy. She truly was a hero. There is an old saying, “well behaved women seldom make history”. Barbara made history and the world is a better place.

We have put together a tribute for Barbara Blaine to honor her memory. If you would like to contribute a memory, please send your favorite memory of Barbara to admin@snapnetwork.org

Barbara Blaine

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