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As Hollywood Abuse Scandal Grows, Clergy Victims Offer Support, Healing, Network

Statement by Esther Hatfield Miller, Southern California Leader, SNAP, The Survivors Network,  ( 673-9442,

Sexual abuse and harassment thrive when powerful institutions use fear, money, shame, fame, or religion to silence innocent victims.

Hundreds of brave victims coming forward in Hollywood have been silenced and shamed for decades, just like we were as children. We were all silenced out of fear— that, perhaps, we had done something to deserve the assault, the harassment, or the abuse. 

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Rome--Victims group blasts Vatican abuse summit

Recent cases show epidemic of child pornography and cover-up in the church 

Church should be target of global response, not leading it, group says

Today, the world’s largest support group for men and women sexually abused in the Catholic Church is criticizing a Vatican summit aimed at exposing child sexual abuse on the Internet.

"If the Vatican is so dedicated to punishing people who use the internet to exploit children, the first thing they need to do is fix the problem within the church. Then they must punish their own bishops who covered up for men who made, uploaded, viewed or distributed child pornography,” said Barb Dorris, the managing director of SNAP, the Survivors Network ( 
“And there is the obvious: they must turn over Msgr. Carlo Capella to civil authorities in the United States and Canada. Anything less than that is smoke and mirrors,” she said.
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