SNAP was invited to testify before the Royal Commission into Sex Abuse convened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. SNAP President and Founder Barbara Blaine made the 28 hour trip and our Australian leaders Nicky Davis and Mark Fabro all testified not only to their own experiences but also to the scope of the abuse and cover-up by church officials.
Nicky and Mark have been working hard to set up media events and support groups meetings in Australia in Melbourne, Sydney, New Castle, Milton, Toowomba, Brisbane, Invermay Park, Ballarat, Wollongong and Canberra. They have met with survivors in every city and in Invermay Park they met with families who had lost loved ones to suicide.
As always we have heard horrific stories of abuse, of cover-up by church officials and of the courage of survivors who have come forward to protect others. While Australia may be thousands upon thousands of miles away we are all working toward the same goals-heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.