Bishop Mark Bartchak, head of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, recently announced the new seven members of his Diocesan Review Board. The Pennsylvania State Attorney General once described the previous Board as a tool for concealing sex abuse allegations.
For immediate release: August 07, 2017
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Hundreds of survivors come together for information, healing, empowerment, and exposing abuse
Experts, journalists, international figures converge for annual landmark event
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.