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SNAP has worked for years to educate the public that sexual abuse happens in #ChurchToo

For immediate release Thursday, December 7, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Recently Hannah Paasch wrote a heartfelt piece for the Huffington Post, sharing her truth that sexual abuse happens in #ChurchToo, and that the “purity culture” teaches women that when it does, it is their fault.

SNAP, the Survivors Network, agrees wholeheartedly with Ms. Paasch. We have been working to educate the public and hold religious leaders accountable since 1988. We have decades of experience in providing a safe place for victims to meet and share their experiences. But, there is still much work to be done.

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Time Magazine names “The Silence Breakers” as 2017 Person of the Year, Victims group responds

For immediate release Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Time Magazine today honored the women who have been speaking up about sexual abuse and harassment as its 2017 Person of the Year.

http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/

SNAP, the Survivors Network, commends Time Magazine for this recognition of the powerful #MeToo stories being posted by women across the country and around the world. Their voices are helping to make the world a safer place. As more and more women tell their truths, others will be inspired by their example to come forward, speak up, and get help. If the pressure continues, better avenues of reporting and employer/industry accountability will eventually be implemented.

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