2015 Conference Breakout Facilitator- Dave O'regan

Dave is a survivor of childhood clergy sexual abuse who found SNAP after being triggered to his abuse at age 52 by the “Boston Clergy Sex Scandal” in 2002 to the memory of his own abuse 41 years earlier. Finding and attending SNAP support meetings two years later helped Dave heal and get back on his feet. Dave is very grateful to SNAP leaders who were there for him in his hour of need that he now is a leader himself facilitating two monthly meeting one in Worcester, MA and the other in Boston.

Men's Support

This session focuses on the special needs of male survivors and includes a confidential, participatory support group meeting for men. This is a chance to meet with other survivors in a safe set-ting and learn from others’ experiences. Men are often forced to keep sexual attacks a secret for fear of being labeled weak. This session will help explore ways for men to dispel this myth. While every participant will have the opportunity to speak, no one will be required to do so.


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