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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims announce new group in Austria
Its goal is to both “heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable”
Small group will hand out leaflets to parishioners leaving mass
Because Pope refuses to act, they reach out to “others who are in pain”
Victims want church to announce the identities of all predator priests
US man who was molested by priest visits several European nations
He calls Austria “best chance for reform” in the church because of laity
SNAP says those with information on clergy crimes & cover ups mst “speak up”
Over the past 22 years, SNAP has 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.
SNAP is disappointed in the Pope’s most recent apology, issued on Thursday, because despite horrific crimes and on-going cover ups, the pontiff still refuses to take decisive actions to better safeguard children.
But the group believes that because of a generally more outspoken laity, the prospects for creating a more open and healthy church are greater in Austria than in other nations. SNAP will urge Austrian Catholics to continue pushing for “real reforms.”
Formed in 1988 and based Chicago IL (USA), SNAP has 9,000+ members in the US and around the world. It is a confidential non-profit group. 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.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests