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SNAP Press Release

Clergy sex abuse victims hold regional conference in New Jersey

For immediate release: Monday, October 12, 2009

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse from three states are expected to attend a regional conference sponsored by SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The conference begins on Saturday, October 24 at 10am at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street in Toms River and concludes at 3pm.

Victims from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware are welcome to attend. Family and friends of abuse victims are also invited.

Among the speakers will be Terry McKiernan of Boston, who heads an on-line data base focused on clergy sex crimes and cover ups called

"Our main goals are motivation, encouragement and support," said Mark Crawford, SNAP's New Jersey director. "Nothing can restore our traumatized childhoods and shattered trust and stolen faith. But many of us find it very healing to protect kids now from clergy sexual abuse."

SNAP was founded in Chicago in 1988 by clergy abuse survivor Barbara Blaine, then a social worker running a homeless shelter. Today, with more than 9,000 members and 65 support groups across the country, SNAP is the nation's oldest and largest self-help organization of clergy molestation victims and their families.

For more information, contact: Mark Crawford 732 632 7687, or Pat Serrano 201 715 6510,

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