STORY OF THE DAY


Three common strategies sexual offenders use to discredit child witnesses

By Boz Tchividjian

August 22, 2014

A Texas high school student named Greg Kelley was recently convicted of sexually victimizing a four year old boy.  Despite the jury verdict, a small vocal group of supporters have been working hard to convince the public that this sexual offender is innocent..   Marginalizing the powerful voice of the child victim is often at the heart of this disturbing and all too common objective.   In my years as a child sexual abuse prosecutor, I discovered that offenders and their supporters use three common strategies to try and convince others to embrace their distorted definition of innocence: 

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Some of SNAP’s volunteer leaders have come together for a project-specific Indiegogo campaign. They are raising the money to send 2 leaders to 3 cities to train other survivors to set up and grow support groups. It’s a small project, but will have a HUGE impact on survivors in the cities where new groups are formed.


SNAP 25th anniversary conference in Chicago

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The privacy and free speech of victims and SNAP are being attacked by lawyers for predators and their enablers. Details available here.


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Media Statements

NY- Orthodox chancellor posts on clergy sexual misconduct policy, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SNAP Orthodox Director (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The chancellor of a New York based Eastern Orthodox Church published an entry in his online journal yesterday concerning the group’s sexual misconduct policy. 

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MS- Teacher admits sexually abusing students, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Mississippi teacher has admitted to police that he sexually abused students for 20 years. We are grateful to the two brave victims who reported to law enforcement and hope more victims will feel empowered to come forward.

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NM- Archdiocese faces new sex abuse lawsuits, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, August 22, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is facing four more child sexual abuse lawsuits. We are glad more and more victims are finding the courage to speak up and demand justice and accountability.

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AUSTRALIA- Cardinal Pell hiding details of crimes

For immediate release Thursday August 21, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)

Survivors in the audience gasped in horror last night when Cardinal George Pell rejected as unreasonable the Australian Royal Commission's request that the Vatican produce child sex abuse files. Pell claimed the files contained the internal workings of a sovereign state.

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Latest ICC Filing Update

On April 11, 2012, SNAP and CCR update the ICC filing with new developments and supplemental evidence. You can read the new filing here.

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