Heroes from The Keepers and Spotlight to attend world's largest convention for abuse survivors in Alexandria

Heroes from The Keepers and Spotlight to attend world's largest convention for abuse survivors in Alexandria


Hundreds of survivors come together for information, healing, empowerment, and exposing abuse

Experts, journalists, international figures converge for annual landmark event

 

What: 
At the world’s largest conference for survivors of sexual abuse in institutions such as the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, public schools, and other organizations, hundreds of survivors, their supporters, and advocates will come together in Alexandria to attend the annual SNAP, The Survivors Network (SNAPNetwork.org), conference. There, they will:

- Meet and learn from experts on abuse and cover-up such as those featured in Netflix’s The Keepers and portrayed in Oscar-winning Spotlight,
- Learn best practices in helping other survivors, 
- Share information to take home for abuse prevention outreach in their home communities,
- Work towards Statute of Limitation reform and creating victim-friendly laws nationwide, and
- Build community, camaraderie and healing in a convention of survivors.

Where/When: 

August 11-13, 2017

The Westin Alexandria, 
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
**Media should inquire at SNAP CONFERENCE CHECK-IN and ask for Joelle Casteix or Melanie Sakoda**

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12:
(please confirm availability upon arrival, not all experts will be available at all times do to scheduling/speaking conflicts)
A.W Richard Sipe - Expert on Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse, featured in both The Keepers and Spotlight
Mitch Garabedian - Attorney for victims of abuse, portrayed by Stanley Tucci in Spotlight
Phil Saviano - Boston survivor of abuse portrayed by Neil Huff in Spotlight
Alan Horn - Researcher featured in The Keepers
Pam Spees - Attorney and United Nations War Crimes expert
Pamela Pine - an international health/development specialist who has worked over 30 years worldwide, is the Founder of Stop the Silence®: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.
Thomas Doyle - Since 1984 Tom has worked on exposing clergy sexual abuse in the U.S., Europe and Canada and helped grand juries in the U.S. and investigatory commissions in Australia, Ireland and Canada. He is also a Catholic priest
Patrick Wall - A former monk and priest, Patrick Wall is an expert on the history of child abuse and cover-up in institutional organizations.

Authors, researchers, and international experts from Canada, Germany, Poland and Ireland

Attendees - Numerous attendees—first-timers and annual attendees—will be available to interview

About the SNAP Conference:
The SNAP Conference, now in its 14th 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. Its goals are to help survivors heal so that they may help other survivors, enact legislative change, stop the cycle of abuse, and inform parents to the warning signs of abuse. It does this by bringing in the best and brightest experts in the field and creating an environment of positivity and growth.
About SNAP:
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 more than 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org

Press Contacts at the Conference:
Joelle Casteix (949) 322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com
Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

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