The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims start support group
It urges those “trapped in silence” to speak up
And it urges Dutch authorities to probe Catholic dioceses
Group is also critical of Rotterdam bishop for “reckless secrecy”
SNAP begs victims to get “unbiased help” first, before calling church
Self help organization has serious doubts about “quiet internal processes”
They will also
The group believes it’s crucial that secular authorities in The Netherlands promptly begin thorough investigations into the church’s on-going scandal, so that the truth can be revealed, the wrong-doers disciplined, the victims healed and the vulnerable protected.
SNAP is also critical of Rotterdam bishop Ad van Luyn for keeping silent for years about clergy sex reports and will urge he and his colleagues to be more forthcoming now so that kids will be safer.
Over the past 22 years, SNAP has also learned that victims heal best when they break their silence, name their abuser, and get help from independent sources like therapists and self-help groups. Children are best safeguarded, SNAP feels, when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the courage to speak up and call law enforcement.
Formed in 1988 and based Chicago, SNAP has 9,000+ members in the US and around the world. It’s a confidential non-profit and its mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. SNAP has no affiliation with any church organization and helps victims hurt in any denomination. Blaine, a social worker, is SNAP’s founder and president. Dorris is the group’s outreach director.
CONTACT +49-172-1676 931
Barbara Blaine, SNAPblaine@gmail.com +1 312 399 4747
Barbara Dorris, SNAPdorris@gmail.com, +1 314 503 0003
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David Clohessy, SNAPclohesy@aol.com, +1 314 566 9790 (in the US now)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests