PA--Victims to hold support group in Ebensburg PA
For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016
For more information: Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org
Support group to be held for clergy abuse victims
The self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in the Ebensburg areaTuesday night.
The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 31st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cottage Restaurant (private meeting room) 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy. Ebensburg, Pa.
"Victims, family members, and supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend," said Judy Jones, SNAP's Midwest Associate Director. "The Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report has understandably stirred up lots of emotion throughout the state. We are creating a safe, private, confidential setting to help anyone who has been abused as a child or exploited as an adult."
Despite the word "priest" in its name, SNAP welcomes and tries to help "anyone who has been hurt in institutional settings by predators, Jones said.
"Whether you or your loved ones were sexually victimized in summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, or wherever, it's beneficial to talk with and get solace and comfort from those who have suffered in similar settings," she said.
Based in Chicago, SNAP was founded in 1988 and now has nearly 30,000 members across the US and increasingly across the world.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.