“Few people have done more to protect kids and help victims than Barbara Blaine. Her relentless advocacy enabled millions to eventually accept a long unbelievable reality: that tens of thousands of priests raped and fondled hundreds of thousands of kids while bishops hid these heinous crimes. She started-and for almost 30 years-worked extremely hard to help build the world’s most successful organization of child sex abuse victims. Her contributions to a safer society would be hard to overstate.”Barbara Blaine, Who Championed Victims of Priests’ Abuse, Dies at 61 - The New York TimesBarbara Blaine, advocate for victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy, dies at 61 - The Washington PostBarbara Blaine, founder of priest-abuse victims group SNAP, dies at 61 - Los Angeles Times
"Broken Rites Australia wish to acknowledge the loss of Barbara Blaine. So many will be affected and will grieve her passing.
Barbara's work for victims of clergy abuse was ongoing and played such an enormous part in exposing the secrecy that concealed the deplorable truth of the sex-abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.
Broken Rites Australia wish to join with our American counterparts to continue to strive, in our own way, to carry on Barbara's quest for justice.
Her lifelong conviction that one more step may make the needed difference should be the motivation for us all."
-Broken Rites Australia victim support group
“What Barbara created was a safe place for all types of survivors to coexist. Those of us who wanted to hang on to their Catholic faith and those, like myself, who wanted to rid themselves completely of all things catholic. We understand each other lovingly and Barbara made that possible.”
Barbara Blaine saved my life when I felt like dying, she gave me her hand and managed to travel to know her. She is a great woman, simple, brave, fierce, intelligent. She is a great role model. My respect for her. - Julieta Añazco
“Godspeed, Barbara...you helped me to understand that it was never my fault. Fly with the Angels <3”
"Heartbroken. Numb, Sad. No words can describe the loss of Barbara's presence on Earth. She has fueled us, those who were and are still able to have their voices heard. I am going to hold on to the belief that she will continue to help from where she is. "Saluta" Barbara - God Bless and Thank you."
"She epitomized courage, personal conviction, loving care for victims, and the virtue of holding those in power accountable."
"I am so incredibly saddened by the news of Barbara’s passing. I know you must be devastated by her death. We have lost an amazing warrior for social justice."
"I’m feel blessed that she touched my life and the lives of thousands of survivors and children. May her spirit continue to impact all those committed to justice."
"My heart breaks for all touched by her death."
"Right now I am speechless. Let’s be grateful for the work this hero did for all survivors."
"We deeply regret the passing of Barbara Blaine."
"Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for this loss…our thoughts are with you and SNAP during this difficult time."
"We will never forget the work Barbara has done for all of us."
"Was very sad to hear of Barbara Blaine's death."
"I'm stunned. I can't believe it."
"I was so saddened to hear of Barbara's death."
"Another hero gone."
"Why is she gone so soon?"
"A great loss."
"How saddened we were to hear of Barbara's tragic, untimely passing. It is such a tragic loss for the abuse community."
"I'm stunned and very, very sorry to learn that Barbara has died. A wonderful, vibrant, intelligent and committed model for us all. Sending prayers and a big hug."
"This is my memory of Barbara, advocating and smiling. Rest in peace Barbara, knowing we will never forget you or what you accomplished."
"So very sad, what an amazing person she was. A true hero to so many. She helped us all find our voice."
"I remember the time Barbara drove me back to my hotel in downtown Chicago after a leader's meeting which had been held on the outskirts of the city...It was cold and dark and very late and I knew she had to be exhausted after such a long day. Instead of taking me right back to my hotel, she insisted that we drive around Chicago so that I could see the Christmas lights. With all the enthusiasm that is Barbara Blaine, she said "Susan, you've just got to see this." I will always remember that evening and those beautiful lights and I will never forget Barbara. Thank you, Barbara, for helping me see the light(s)."
"She saved the lives of thousands of survivors, including me. She dedicated her life to helping others with courage and compassion. She persevered in the face of obstacles and rejection. She brought hope to the millions of survivors who suffered alone, and in darkness, thinking they were the only one. She provided a message, you are not alone, you can get better, you can fight back. Truly, her efforts changed the world. She organized and mobilized tens of thousands of survivors of clergy sexual abuse, but her efforts supported and propelled other movements in the Boy Scouts, universities, sports teams and other religious organizations in fighting sexual abuse. She had courage to take on the largest institution in the world, the Catholic Church. She took the experiences of child abuse of thousands of survivors to the International Criminal Court and accused the Pope and Cardinals of complicity in their abuse and the cover up of their crimes. She would stand in front churches and name those priests accused of abusing children. She was a fearsome advocate for all of us. Her memory continues in the work of thousands of survivors who are alive today because of her lifelong work. And her advocacy lives in the ongoing work of organizations that fight for survivors, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Bishop Accountability." -Tim Lennon