Church Victims of Sexual Abuse Celebrate its 30th Anniversary in Chicago
The oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings celebrates its 30th anniversary in Chicago
SNAP supporters come together for information, healing, empowerment, and exposing abuse
Experts, Journalists, International Figures converge for this landmark event
Survivors, their supporters, and advocates will gather in Chicago this weekend to attend the 15th annual SNAP conference and to celebrate its 30th anniversary. SNAP, The Survivors Network (SNAPNetwork.org) was founded in Chicago in 1988.
July 6-8, 2018
The Palmer House Hilton
**Media should inquire at SNAP CONFERENCE CHECK-IN and ask for Judy Jones, Steve Spaner, Tim Lennon or Melanie Sakoda**
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY, JULY 7th:
(please confirm availability upon arrival, not all experts will be available at all times due to scheduling/speaking conflicts)
Attorney for victims of abuse, portrayed by Stanley Tucci in Spotlight
Attorney and United Nations War Crimes expert, Center for Constitutional Rights
A Catholic priest who has worked on exposing clergy sexual abuse in the U.S., Europe and Canada since 1984, and has helped grand juries in the U.S. and investigatory commissions in Australia, Ireland and Canada
The Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and author of Unto the Third Generation, a book that outlines the necessary steps to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations
Anne Barrett Doyle and Terry McKiernan
Co-directors of the intrepid website Bishop Accountability, that documents the clergy abuse crisis in the US
Author of Hell On The Way To Heaven, the book that led to a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into religious organizations, which in turn led to the Australia-wide Royal Commission. Chrissie also participated in the ABC documentary , Undeniable, which will be screened on Saturday night.
Author of The Courage Coach: A Practical, Friendly Guide on How to Heal From Abuse and the founder of The Courage Conference
Gustavo Arellano Miranda
Orange County author and former publisher and editor of a nationally syndicated column in the OC Weekly who found himself, a cradle Catholic, covering the Catholic sex abuse crisis
Co-founder of the first and only Polish organization to address clergy sexual abuse, the Be Not Afraid Foundation
Steven Spaner, PhD
Retired professor from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, who developed the website www.snapaustralia.org
Author of An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping At Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again
Survivor of a Behavioral Modification facility in California and the founder of Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA)
A Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach and the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.
A PhD candidate in Sociological Criminology whose research and advocacy focuses on sexual violence, especially in religious communities.
Numerous attendees—survivors and supporters; first-timers and annual attendees—will be available to interview
About the SNAP Conference:
The SNAP Conference, now in its 15th year, is an annual global gathering of sexual abuse survivors, their supporters, and advocates. Each year, the conference aims to enrich, uplift, empower, engage, and inform survivors. It does this by bringing in the best and brightest experts in the field and creating an environment of positivity and growth.
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has at network of 25,000 survivors and supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org
Press Contacts at the Conference:
Judy Jones 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Steven Spaner 636-433-2511, email@example.com
Tim Lennon, 415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org
Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175, firstname.lastname@example.org
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.