Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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There's still time to register for the SNAP National conference!

 You won't want to miss the amazing schedule lined up for next weekend.

The SNAP 2008 National Conference will be held in Chicago Friday July 11th beginning at 7 p.m. then all day Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th from 8:30 a.m. until Noon.

The speakers: Not only are they the most knowledgeable, most engaging, and most charismatic group of speakers you'll ever have a chance to hear, these are the experts, the "movers and shakers" of the survivors' movement. They are the nations most revered experts in the field of clergy sexual abuse and child sexual abuse. They include psychologists, law professors, theologians, social workers, therapists and community organizers.
But we don't expect folks to merely listen to the experts but also hope everyone will participate and share their experiences, triumphs, foibles, coping skills as well as concerns and questions. If you can't find the answers at the SNAP Conference you will find others to share your questions. The conference also includes Breakout sessions, walks around the Windy City, and meeting some great people from across the US.

Go to www.SNAPnetwork.org to register today!

Need help to pay the registration fee? Send an email to: snapadmin@gmail.com.

Marci Hamilton

Marci A. Hamilton is one of the United States' leading constitutional law scholars, specializing in church/state and representation issues and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge 2008) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005, 2007).  She is also a columnist on constitutional issues for www.findlaw.com, where her column appears every other Thursday.  She is the First Amendment and constitutional law advisor for victims in many clergy abuse cases involving many religious institutions, including the federal bankruptcies filed by the Portland Archdiocese, Spokane Diocese, and San Diego Diocese.  Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Jason Berry

Jason Berry is a leading authority on the crisis in the church. His books include the award-winning "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" (1992), which is still used in many newsroom, and, with Gerald Renner, "Vows of Silence" (2004) which exposed the secret history of Legion of Christ founder Father Marcial Maciel, who was removed from active ministry by the Vatican in 2006. Jason's film, "Vow's of Silence" follows the Vatican investigation through the accounts of witnesses from Mexico, Ireland and America.
Tom Doyle

Thomas Doyle is a Canon Lawyer and an addictions therapist. He has also been a priest in the Dominican Order since 1970. He has tried to provide support and assistance to the victims of clergy sexual abuse for 24 years. In addition to pastoral/spiritual support, he has also testified in civil trials on behalf of victims in nearly every state in the U.S., in Ireland, Canada and the U.K.
Eric Barragan

Eric Barragan, is a survivor and entrepreneur who has turned his pain and outrage into the largest foreign SNAP chapter. After helping survivors in California and around the US for years, (especially Spanish-speaking ones), he helped launch our Mexico chapter, first by flying to Mexico repeatedly and later by moving to Mexico City. He has endured death threats and harassment and yet continues to reach out to survivors who have had few advocates and little support.
Patrick Wall
Patrick Wall is a canon lawyer and a former Benedictine Monk. After working as a "fixer" in the church, dealing with the aftermath of sexually abusive priests in parishes and schools, Wall left the priesthood, finding that the only way that abuse survivors would get the help and healing they needed was outside of the church hierarchy. Wall has consulted on more than 200 cases of clergy sex abuse and is a leading advocate for survivors.
Eugene Kennedy

Eugene Kennedy is a psychologist, former priest, and a long time observer of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and the author of about fifty books. He directed the psychological study of American priests for the American Bishops (1971) in which they discovered a large sub-set of American priests whose inner psych-sexual growth lagged far behind their chronological growth. From these half grown men many sex abusers arose. He charges the Church with failing to address sexual intimacy and holds Rome responsible for a sexually dysfunctional spiritual system.
Anne Barrett Doyle

Anne is co-director of BishopAccountability.org. In 2002, Anne co-founded Coalition of Catholics and Survivors, a group that organized activism in the Boston archdiocese. A graduate of Harvard College, she previously was vice-president of a Manhattan public relations firm and a mediator

Barbara Blaine

Barbara Blaine is the founder and president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Having reported her abuse in 1985 to church leaders, Blaine naively assumed that they would ensure that the perpetrator would be removed and they would help her to find healing. After a couple of years, she realized that the church leaders wouldn't help and she still needed healing. She decided to find other survivors in the hope that they would help each other to cope with the effects of the abuse as well as to work together to keep others safe. Since its founding in 1988, SNAP has grown to over 8,000 members in all 50 states and other countries too. Blaine isn't giving up because it still seems that there is so much to be done. Blaine is a social worker and attorney who previously worked with homeless families in Chicago and then represented abused and neglected children in Cook County Court until 2003 when she began working full time for SNAP.

Jeanne Cratty

Jeannie Cratty has been a member of SNAP since 2003 and a SNAP Leader in Massachusetts since 2004.  She facilitates the Greater Boston Chapter that meets in Winchester, MA. monthly.
Health and Wellness are very important as she manages a nutrition department for a natural foods retail chain and shares her knowledge about supplements and skincare, especially because of the positive impact those products have on life and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Terry Goldston

Terry Goldston has been a SNAP supporter since 2006 and created the SNAP Stories for Living Contest which launched during the Christmas Season 2007.  She currently works as an executive for a professional media agency and pursues her passion for writing via her active involvement with the Maui Writers Conference.  Terry has taught personal development, presentation skills and writing workshops for numerous professional organizations and facilitates a spirituality group that meets monthly.

Sheila Murphy
Sheila Murphy is a retired judge who now practices law in Chicago at the law firm of Rothschild, Barry and Myers.  She was born in Colorado Springs and last year addressed SNAP members with her brother, Eddie Murphy, and Dr. Michael Smith MD.  What she learned from her brother Eddie who died in May as the result of a hiking accident will be the subject of a book that she is writing to help other survivors.  She is on the advisory board of  NAPSAC, NADA  and is the Chair of the International Bar Association's Judges Forum. Decades ago Murphy experienced the benefits of yoga in reducing stress and building body strength. She recognized that strength in the body translated to emotional and spiritual strength. When accessible classes weren't available in her neighborhood she began teaching yoga in the evenings. Murphy teaches that yoga can assist the body in healing from sexual and physical abuse regardless of whether it was experienced recently or decades ago.

Dr. Jaime Romo

Dr. Jaime Romo brings 24 years of teaching and learning to the topic of healing from religious authority sexual abuse. Dr. Romo holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership  from the University of San Diego, a Master's of Education degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B. A. from Stanford University.  He has taught and served as an administrator in middle and high schools in Los Angeles and San Diego.  He has been a leader in teacher preparation, assessment and effectiveness in the complex U.S.-Mexico Border States for the past five years.  Since 2002, he has taken an active role in education, reconciliation and healing efforts in southern California through SNAP, United Church of Christ, various Catholic settings and, most recently, with survivors from Canadian Indian Residential Schools. 

Frank Keating

Frank Keating is the former Govenor of Oklahoma and was appointed in 2002 by United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) as the first Chair of the National Review Board (a panel of national Catholic leaders to oversee the implementation of the USCCB policies on clergy sexual abuse).  He took over as president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers in January 2003 after serving two terms as Oklahoma's 25th governor.

As president and CEO of ACLI, Governor Keating is the chief representative and spokesman for the life insurance industry in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.

Born in St. Louis in 1944, Keating grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His 30-year career in law enforcement and public service included stints as an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate member. He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments. His service in Treasury and Justice gave him responsibility for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversight over such agencies as the Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Governor Keating also is the author of two award-winning children's books, biographies of Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt.
Timothy Lytton

Timothy D. Lytton is a law professor at Albany Law School where he teaches courses on constitutional law, civil litigation, legislative process, alternative dispute resolution, and the philosophy of law. His most recent book is Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, published by Harvard University Press in 2008. He has previously written on lawsuits against the gun industry. Before teaching, he did development work in Central America, often under the auspices of Catholic Church organizations.
Wendy Murphy

Adjunct Professor, Perspectives in Sexual Violence, New England School of Law, Boston, MA 
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School, 2002-03
Impact litigator specializing in interpersonal violence and the rights of crime victims
Author, And Justice For Some (2007, Penguin/Sentinel)
Terence McKiernan

Terence McKiernan is the president of BishopAccountability.org, a library and Internet archive of the Catholic abuse crisis.  He was trained in classical languages and art history, and worked as an academic editor and consulting firm manager before founding BishopAccountability.org in 2003.
Angela Shelton

Angela is a superhero Goddess.  She is a model, writer, actress, comedian, public speaker, filmmaker, cook, and loud mouth. Angela pulled herself out of an abusive life of repeated trauma and now lives a joyful life in prosperity and she loves to share how she did it so you can do the same.
Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth is an attorney, former prosecutor and author of numerous articles on child abuse and domestic violence. Vieth served as the first director of the National Child Protection Training Center which merged with the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children (NAPSAC). He has trained professionals across the country on topics involving child abuse investigations, prosecutions, trial strategies and prevention methods. 

Barbara Garcia Boehland

Barbara Garcia Boehland, from San Antonio, gave birth to her son Eduardo while she was still a teen. She struggled to provide the best for her son who decided that he had a vocation to the priesthood. Eduardo entered the high school seminary where he was sexually abused by one of the priests at age 16. By the time Eduardo was 20 he could not endure the pain from the abuse and he took his own life. Barbara can't bring her son back but has devoted herself to working tirelessly to preventing abuse on the innocent. She travels across Texas and to other states as well to bring awareness to the injustices and the cover-up of sexual crimes within the Catholic church. Barbara is married and has two daughters who are both adults. She raises abandoned animals on her farm and works with her husband in remodeling and rebuilding homes.  

David Clohessy

For the last 15 years, David Clohessy has served as the national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the nation's largest and oldest self-help group for clergy molestation victims. In that role, he has traveled and spoken extensively, helping to set up local support groups in more than 50 cities. Clohessy was one of only four survivors to address all of America's Catholic Bishops at their historic meeting in Dallas in 2002. Clohessy's professional career includes working as a community organizer in low income neighborhoods, and as a union organizer representing low wage workers. He has also done political and public relations consulting. Clohessy helped elect St. Louis' first African-American mayor, and later the city's first female prosecutor. David is committed to expose the hidden truths, not only about horrific rapes and sexual abuse, but more importantly who knew what, when, and why the abuse was allowed to continue unabated for so long. Clohessy is married and has two son

Ruby Harris

Ruby Dell Harris is the Director of Client Support Services, The Law Offices of Phillip Aaron in Seattle, WA. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the African American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse. This support group: 1) provides outreach to African American victims; 2) offers support services / seminars for victims, 3) holds perpetrators accountable and 4) provides healing strategies for victims.


Peter Isely

Peter Isely is one of the founding members of SNAP and its long time Midwest Director.  A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a psychotherapist in private practice, he directed the nation's only inpatient program for victims of clergy sexual abuse at Rogers Memorial Psychiatric Hospital located outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John Murphy

John is a retired trial lawyer from Colorado Springs. In 1994 he gathered over 100,000 signatures for an initiative to tax all church real estate. It failed when the Catholic church, through many of its entities, spent over  $1,000,000 to defeat it at the polls. It was part of his healing to drive across Colorado with a motor home painted with political statement in support of Amendment 11, such as "God isn't broke," and "Charity begins at home. His younger brother Eddie, also molested by Abercrombie, was to lead this session, but he died May 24 of this year in a mountaineering accident. John is generously filling in for his brother. Eddie was willing to come forward in 1993 if the church called his brother a liar. It did not and Eddie came out on his own a few years later, and picketed churches in Colorado Springs for the SNAP Sunday on the 5th anniversary of the Boston Globe expose. Eddie was the president of the Colorado Springs chapter of SNAP. The brothers also successfully sued the Denver diocese in 2007.


Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Smith is a Psychiatrist and acupuncturist who has been the director of the Lincoln Recovery Center for the past 33 years. Prosecutors, police, doctors, therapists, social workers and other professionals from across the Globe visit Smith's center to learn about his successes and how to apply his strategies in their local situations. Smith and his staff developed the ear acupuncture protocol demonstrated here today. Smith trains counselors and caregivers to provide this simple technique. Successes reported from patients fuel this every-growing and simple healing technique. Dr. Smith was the first person inducted into the Drug Court Hall of Fame.

Nicole Sotelo

Nicole Sotelo is author of "Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace" (Paulist Press). She offers retreats and workshops for Christian women healing from abuse and coordinates the website: www.womenhealing.com. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she works at Call To Action/USA, the Catholic justice organization.