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PA – Bishop Bartchak appoints new review board, SNAP responds

For immediate release, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, California, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (

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.

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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


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 (, 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.
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