quick reference schedule

breakout sessions

Friday Evening, June 24


7:00 - Welcome to SNAP 2016 Annual Conference


Phil Saviano:


Kirsten Sandberg: The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Sexual Abuse by Clergy

The speaker will present the work of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child with particular regard to the review of the Holy See in 2014, where for the first time the Catholic Church was criticized by an international body for not taking sexual abuse of children by priests seriously. The speaker was the chairperson of the Committee at that time and also one of the rapporteurs for the review of the Holy See.

Patrick Wall: Three Historic Break Throughs in Child Protection for 2016

Presentation will include some of the new initiatives in child protection that will help protect kids in the future. Including the Regensburg, Priest File and Predator programs.

Amos Kamil: The Case of Horace Mann, What Does Justice Look Like

“How much money would I have to pay you to let me abuse your child?” was the question the mediator rhetorically asked at the opening of the HM mediation. Behind the crass formulation lies real questions. Can any sum answer a lifetime of hurt? Is money or prison the best we can do? Is there no other way for an institution to give adult victims what they needed at the same time as it preserved the name and the integrity of the institution itself?

David Clohessy: What we can Learn From and Teach Others in this Movement

Joe Paterno, Bill Cosby, Dennis Hastert, elite schools, the military. . .predators and enablers are everywhere. Luckily, so too are our brave brothers and sisters who are exposing them. Frankly, we're smart and experienced and can help them. But we can also benefit from their work and perspectives.

Tom Doyle: 


9:30 - Reception:  Ice Cream Social


Saturday, June 25


7:00 - Morning walk, leisure to brisk pace


7:45 - Agnostic & Freethinkers Friends of Bill W




Mathias Katsch: From Scandal to Participation to "Aufarbeitung": How Germany deals with the child abuse crisis since 2010

Like a Tsunami: Sharing experience and describing the processes of self-empowerment of survivors, the role of male church victims in 2010 and the reaction of the public; Round Table and Squared Table: the process of surviviors participation and inclusion in policy making aroung sexual child abuse in Germany; "Aufarbeitung" (~inquiry, investigation), finally: the work of the Independent commission of inquiry on child abuse in Germany.

Nadiah Mohajir: Sexual Violence in the Muslim Community: Challenges & Opportunities

This presentation will offer an overview of some of the challenges facing survivors of sexual assault in the Muslim community, and some of the gaps in culturally-competent services. The session will also highlight some of the opportunities for interfaith collaboration in working toward creating more victim-centric services, community awareness, and prevention.

Will Carless: Fugitive Fathers: How the Catholic Priest Abuse Scandal Went Global

In 2014 and 2015, GlobalPost spent a year tracking down abusive priests across South America. We found several men who were still working as priests overseas, despite serious accusations of child molestation in the United States and Europe. We confronted these men on-camera, and produced the documentary “Fugitive Fathers,” which captures the impunity with which abusive priests have been allowed to transfer overseas and continue to work with children.Now, we hope to take our hunt worldwide.

Lukasz Konopka: Neuroscience of Trauma

Professor Konopka will discuss brain development and demonstrate how behaviors are established based on simple models of neuronal learning. These concepts will be expended to learned behaviors that are adaptive as well as destructive. He will discuss the use of multimodal objective assessments of patients with behavioral difficulties focusing on trauma. I will illustrate the above concepts based on clinical cases. Providing examples of interventions that may be utilized in management of complex clinical presentations.

10:50-11:00 - Break


11:00-12:00 - Breakout Session One


12:00-1:30 - Lunch 




Mitchell Garabedian: Spotlight: Past, Present and Future

Experiences, attitudes and thoughts concerning Spotlight; reflections, hopes and circumstances. How the courageous efforts of victims and survivors have allowed advocates and the media to raise public awareness in a meaningful way.

Barbara Blaine: The Power of Speaking Truth

Marty Baron:


Judy Courtin: ‘Sexual Assault and the Catholic Church in Australia – are victims finding justice?’

This doctoral thesis - a qualitative empirical study and case law analysis - determines whether victims of clergy sexual abuse in Australia are finding justice. Interviewees’ experiences with civil litigation, criminal prosecutions and the Church’s internal complaints processes are closely examined. Seven critical criteria for justice were identified, which were ultimately employed to evaluate the above three pathways to justice. The research findings demonstrate that justice is not being found. Further, victims who attended the Church’s internal complaints processes suffered additional harm. The significance of these findings is addressed and the reforms necessary to address victims’ justice needs are examined.   

Ted Slowick: The Media’s Role in Effecting Change in the Joliet Diocese

In 2001-2002, the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., spent more on public relations related to priests who sexually abused children than on helping those who were abused. That revelation captures how the Church values its reputation above the protection of children. Media coverage of childhood abuse by Joliet priests forced changes in laws as well as the Church’s own policies. Ted Slowik explores the media’s role in bringing about changes designed to better protect young people.

Bishop Accountability (Terry McKiernan and Anne Barret Doyle

Anne and Terry give a fast and lively assessment of papal accountability and reveal their “top ten” list of high and low points for this amazing year. They focus on the Vatican’s true practice and policy, especially for bishops reporting child abuse to law enforcement. Then they end with a big question – starting from the lists at the end of Spotlight, they ask how we see the geography and history of this global movement.  Where are we now?  Where do we go from here?

4:20-4:30 - Break


4:30-5:30 - Breakout Session Two


5:30 - Dinner Break


6:00 - Friends of Bill W


8:00 - Spotlight Movie


Panel discussion


Sunday, June 26


7:00 - Morning walk, leisure to brisk pace




Jean Marie FurbringerSupport and Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Abuse in Switzerland

The talk presents the associations that brings support in west Switzerland to adults who have been sexually abused in their childhood or teenage. The second topic is about the SAPEC group that aims to get reparations for victims of sexual abuse by priests and set up an independent commission to hear victims and provide reparation paid by the Catholic church. The Joinet’s model that helps us to structure our demands is also shortly presented.

Marek Lisinski: 


Juan Carlos CruzThe Journey Continues

A year after the appointment Bishop Barros, the people of Osorno are still protesting every Saturday. Even as I visited Rome with the papal commission’s invitation, they refused to see me. Chile continues to be a paradise for cover up but now Peru, Colombia and other Latin American countries have joined the fight for justice and the protection of minors. Surprisingly, Pope Francis “postponed” his planned visit to Chile.

Pete SaundersSupporting Survivors and the War to Protect our Children

Pete will talk about his involvement in the papal commission and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse set up by the British Government last year. Pete is also an advisory panel member of the Children's Commissioner for England and Wales Inquiry into CSA within the family environment. He will describe his journey so far in setting up NAPAC, what the charity does and its prospects for the future.

Marci HamiltonThe Past, Present, and Future of SOL Reform

One legal technicality—the statute of limitations ("SOL")--has meant that the vast majority of child sex abuse survivors have not been able to obtain justice. Reforming SOLs has become a vibrant and important movement in the United States and globally. Prof. Hamilton will present the history and likely future of SOL Reform and survivors’ access to justice, using the latest statistics, studies, and information on developments here and abroad.

11:00-11:45 - Awards Ceremony


11:45- 12:00 - Send Off and Evaluation


Noon - Conference Ends

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