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.
We are outraged to learn a Sioux Falls television station investigation discovered that one of the five priests involved in the Canonical Trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron had been accused of sexual harassment in 2014 by a parish employee.
Fr. Justin Wachs, the Notary in Archbishop Anthony Apuron's Canonical Trial, was presented to these brave survivors and the public as a trustworthy person who, survivors assumed, had never been accused of sexual misconduct. The brave men told Wachs their deeply personal stories of sexual abuse and betrayal. They trusted the Vatican and its representatives so much, that they agreed to speak without their attorneys in the room.