As Pope Francis calls for “reflection,” SNAP calls for action

As Pope Francis calls for “reflection,” SNAP calls for action
SNAP Leaders will pass out leaflets with 21 ideas for prevention and protection
“If the church won’t act, we will,” they say
They aim to provide citizens with steps they can take to stop abuse and support survivors

WHAT: 

Leaders from the Washington, DC/Virginia chapter of the nation’s oldest and largest advocacy group for victims of clergy and institutional sex abuse, SNAP, will release a list of 21 actions that Catholics, Survivors and Supporters can take right now to protect children and help create a safe environment for victims to come forward. They will hand the list to parishioners as they exit the church,

WHEN: 

Sunday February 22nd at 11:00 am

WHERE: 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017

WHO: 

Several members of SNAP, including Becky Ianni, SNAP Board member, David Lorenz, Maryland SNAP leader, Judy Lorenz, SNAP family support leader: Bill Casey, member of VOTF, Susan Kerin , member of Call to Action and several survivors and supporters.

WHY: 

On Thursday the Pope opened the second day of the summit with a list of 21 “reflection points” to help end the clergy abuse crisis.

While some of the points that the Pope has called for echo some of SNAP’s demands, the group is upset that the summit focused more on discussion than action. In response, they have created their own list: 21 steps that average folks can take to help end the crisis.

These actions can be taken now and will help protect children today, prevent future cases of abuse, and will create a safe environment for survivors to come forward. While leafeting this weekend, SNAP will be passing out their list and will be encouraging people to take steps on their own.

“What we’ve learned from the summit this week is that if we want to see action taken to protect children, we will have to do it ourselves,” said Becky Ianni, SNAP Board Member and Virginia/D.C. leader. “The pope wants people to reflect on ideas, but we want people to take action now, and have created this list to help that happen.”

CONTACT: Becky Ianni, SNAP Board Member (snapvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044) Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009) Melanie Sakoda (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, 925-708-6175)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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  • Gerald B. Curtis
    commented 2019-02-24 09:14:51 -0600
    This pope, as well as ALL other popes when it comes to dealing with sexual abuse by clerics and coverups by prelates, is REALLY only interested in protecting an increasingly corrupt institution and hierarchy.

    It is time to FIRE bishops known to be or to have been stonewalling abuse investigations and known to be or to have been covering up abuses and investigations.

    Those abused are NOT at fault; Pope Francis IS at fault, and he needs to take that responsibility, not by mouthing apologies and recriminating, but instead by taking ACTION to cleanse the Roman Catholic Church of this heinous mantra.

    If this were the private sector, stockholders would rise up and replace the CEO for such lack of disregard for the bottom line – in this case, the well-being of most innocent of the Church, its abused children.

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