Hundreds Gather to Honor Barbara Blaine, Founder of Abuse Victims Group SNAP
By Mary Ann Ahern, October 29, 2017, NBC Chicago 5
More than 500 friends, family and those touched by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests founder Barbara Blaine attended her memorial in Chicago Saturday.
Blaine died suddenly in September after suffering a torn blood vessel in her heart. She was 61 years old.
Held at DePaul University, Saturday’s tribute brought together survivors of priest abuse from across the world who called her "a giant in changing the world."
Blaine started SNAP in the late 1980s while grappling with and speaking about her own trauma. She was abused as an 8th grader by a priest who . . .
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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