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SNAP Press Release
Giving Voice to Victims

SNAP Cincinnati to address the media on Monday afternoon regarding sexual abuse by religious authority figures, including nuns and women of religious orders

WHAT

Using the occasion of the opening of a museum exhibit celebrating the contributions of religious women to American society, the Co-Leader of the Cincinnati chapter of SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a self help group for those sexually abused by Catholic priests and other religious authority figures) will reach out to those who have been sexually abused by religious authority figures, including nuns and women of religious orders.

WHEN

1:30PM EDT Monday, May 18, 2009

WHERE

On the sidewalk along Western Avenue, in front of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203

WHO

The Co-Leader of the Cincinnati chapter of SNAP – Daniel Frondorf

WHY

In their ongoing effort to reach out to victims and survivors of sexual abuse committed by religious authority figures, SNAP Cincinnati will use the occasion of the opening of an exhibit entitled Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America to remind those who have been sexually abused by any religious authority figures that there are resources to help them heal from the effects of the abuse.

SNAP will call on the exhibit’s sponsor – The Leadership Conference of Women Religious – requesting that SNAP members be given an opportunity to meet with the leadership of the LCWR so that LCWR members can better understand the lifelong effects of sexual abuse on children and vulnerable adults, and to find ways to work together to facilitate healing and promote justice for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse. The LCWR has previously complimented SNAP on our efforts to promote healing, but declined to do anything affirmative to help victims heal, nor to allow SNAP members to address their annual conference. SNAP respectfully suggests that there is always room to do more.

SNAP Cincinnati will also announce that co-leader Christy Miller has won an award for her advocacy work on behalf of victims and survivors of sexual abuse committed by religious authority figures. Christy is the 2009 winner of the “Be the Scream” award for advocacy, presented by Connections – A Safe Place, a Cincinnati based organization dedicated to support, healing, restoration, and advocacy for all victims of sexual abuse (www.connectionssp.org)

CONTACT

Daniel Frondorf, Co-Leader, SNAP Cincinnati 513-706-7403 cell dandorf@fuse.net

Christy Miller, Co-Leader, SNAP Cincinnati 513-383-2198 cell snapcincinnati@cinci.rr.com

On the web www.SNAPnetwork.org


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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