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Alyssa Milano: I was sexually assaulted as a teen. Here’s why I didn’t report.

By Alyssa Milano  Sep 23, 2018, Vox It took me 30 years to tell anyone. And I’m far from alone. The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s hate. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career. When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn’t that much older than Christine Blasey Ford — now a PhD in psychology — was when she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh denies the incident occurred). I’ve watched, horrified as politicians and pundits refused to believe or take seriously these allegations.

Michigan launches state-wide investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release, September 23, 2018 Statement by Tim Lennon, SNAP President, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820 We commend Michigan's Attorney General for initiating an investigation of the seven Catholic dioceses in that state. Such an effort will give voice to the hundreds of victims who have been hurt, many of whom have suffered in silence for decades. A thorough investigation will provide an opportunity for victims to achieve a measure of justice by holding predators and their enablers accountable. https://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/michigan-attorney-general-launches-investigation-into-7-dioceses/1463982611 https://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-359-82917_88424---,00.html

Pennsylvania bishops' reparation fund not the answer survivors say

For immediate release, September 22, 2018   Statement by Mike McDonnell,  267-261-4045, mcdo1268@gmail.com   Yesterday the Pennsylvania bishops announced that they are considering setting up a reparation fund to compensate victims of abusive clergy. However SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believes that victims want and deserve justice, not just money. Survivor needs are better addressed by changes to the state's statute of limitations and a civil window.  https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/09/pas_catholic_bishops_vow_to_cr.html 

New St. Louis "predator" priests outed; SNAP prods MO AG Hawley

Nine new "predator" priests are "outed" All were sent here after being accused in Pennsylvania Group pushes AG Hawley to delay and expand  his abuse inquiry "Make no announcement until after election day," victims urge Otherwise, probe will be "politicized" and "hurtful," they argue WHAT  Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will  --disclose the names of nine priests named in a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report who were sent to St. Louis after having been accused of child sex crimes, and --hand deliver a letter urging Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to both delay and expand his clergy sex abuse inquiry.  

Abuse victims want statewide AG probe of California Catholic Church

Abuse victims want statewide AG probe of California Catholic Church They also urge police and prosecutors at local levels to "be more aggressive" Roughly 500 priests in the state have been accused of hurting kids, but statistics indicate there should be 2000 or more The San Diego Diocese recently admitted it hid files on at least 8 clergymen – including a man who is still running religious retreats out of Sacramento At least one accused priest was shuffled out of California and first publicly identified in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Another clergyman with multiple allegations in the Keystone State was moved to California and worked for years in parishes in this state “Law enforcement must do more,” survivors group says, “if children are to be better protected”  

Survivors Call Upon Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Pass a Window for Justice in Pennsylvania

PRESS ADVISORY September 10, 2018   Contact:  Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, CEO, CHILD USA, 215-353-8984, marcih@sas.upenn.edu Alix Boren, Esq., Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org Michael McDonnell, SNAP, Philadelphia, 267-261-0578, mcdo1268@gmail.com Vinka Jackson, 470-464-0779, vinka.jackson@gmail.com  Jessica Howard, 904-314-8764, j.a.howard@icloud.com  Sarah Klein, 646-335-3385, sk.advocate@gmail.com    Larry Nassar Survivors Join CHILD USA and SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Hold Press Conference to Call Upon Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Pass a Window for Justice in Pennsylvania  WHERE:         601 S. Henderson Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406   DATE:            September 11, 2018 TIME:            11:30 a.m.  

Welcome New Executive Director

Zach Hiner

The Board of Directors of SNAP are pleased to announce the hiring of the new executive director, Zach Hiner.

Zach joins us at a momentous moment in time. SNAP continues to grow and expand, with new support groups and new initiatives. We expect further growth in support of survivors by engaging in social media and through technology such as video conferencing local and national support groups. The life changing work of our founders, Barbara Blaine and David Clohessy continues in a new era.

Zach brings passion to the SNAP mission, technical skills to lead us to the future, and experience to get the job done.

The Board welcomes Zach and ask all to extend your support to him as we move forward. Zach’s first day is September 24th.

Board of Directors

 

Brief Bio:

Zach Hiner has spent the past eight years of his career working in child abuse and neglect prevention. A graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, Zach started his career as the Executive Assistant to David Clohessy while David served as the Executive Director of SNAP. After several years working with Barbara, David and Barb, Zach moved on to Prevent Child Abuse America; first as the External Communications Manager and most recently as the Director of Communications.

While at PCA America, Zach developed public awareness campaigns aimed at moving the public to action on behalf of children and families with the message that each of us have a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Additionally, Zach has facilitated internal and external communications among PCA America’s two major national networks and has worked with advocates, survivors, college students and politicians in order to help Americans understand that prevention is possible.

“I’m excited to come home to the organization that lit the spark and turned me towards a life of advocacy and prevention. SNAP made an indelible impact on my career and I’m honored to come back to the organization at this critical time. Every day, more and more people are becoming aware of the realities of just how common abuse becomes when we put institutions over people, whether that institution is a church, a University, or a Hollywood studio. For years SNAP has led the way in providing a voice to the voiceless and I am looking forward to increasing our reach, updating our messaging and helping SNAP reach more people than we ever thought would be possible.”

 



2018 SNAP Conference in Chicago

The conference was a great success and we really appreciate your feedback. SNAP will strive to make next year’s conference even better using the information that you shared with us. 

This was the first year that we lived streamed the conference. We experienced some technical difficulties that we will work to correct before next year’s conference. 

SNAP Conference Committee

Watch the SNAP Conference Online!

Conference Video Links

Friday - Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda , International Panel https://youtu.be/v9HaESzra7A

Saturday - Victor Vieth  https://youtu.be/0jdCYDk8D3Y

Saturday - Tom Doyle, Michell Garabedian  https://youtu.be/04GO5O4pb8Y

Saturday – Torah Bontrager, Bishops Accountability https://youtu.be/UQbs58b1BG8

Saturday – Chrissie Foster https://youtu.be/BHt7zRIrQBg

Sunday – Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Founders Award, Tim Lennon  https://youtu.be/LN31lInu07Q

Happy Watching!

 

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Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of 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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