STORY OF THE DAY
 

‘We’re Coming for Them’: Survivors Demand Release of 884-Page Pennsylvania Clergy Sex Abuse Report

By VICTORIA ALBERT, June 24, 2018, The Daily Beast

A court just muzzled the ‘damaging’ findings on decades of Catholic clerical abuse. But it’s not over. ‘We are coming for them,’ says a state rep who was raped by a priest at 13.

Mark Rozzi thought he was days away from justice, or at least the beginning of it.

It started when he was 13, and a priest at his school in Hyde Park, Pennsylvania, started grooming him. For months, the Rev. Edward Graff talked with Rozzi about sex, gave him alcohol, and showed him pornography. Then, one fateful day, he raped him in a rectory shower.

Rozzi didn’t report his abuse for 26 years. But he later learned that during that period, Graff was transferred multiple times between parishes, and allegedly abused children in Texas, too. In 2002, Graff was arrested on child-abuse charges after facing dozens of accusations, The Washington Post reports. He later died in jail.

 
 

SNAP Annual Conference in Chicago

30 Years Strong

We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this summer at the 2018 Annual SNAP Conference on July 6-8, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Our conference will be held at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton in the downtown loop district.

Please join us as SNAP celebrates 30 years of support from survivors sexual abuse by religious clergy!

Featured speakers and presenters include: Tom Doyle, Victor Veith, Bishop Accountability, Jodi Hobbs, Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda, Torah Bontrager, Guila Benchimol and Rachel Grant!

We will have a number of workshops over the weekend providing education, healing, and support.

For more information and updates on our speakers and breakouts, click here.

 

 

Take Action

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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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