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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
NEWS EVENT: Abuse victims to Catholics: Deeds, not words, protect kids
They will hand out leaflets to mass-goers about “on-going crisis”
SNAP: Since Pope refuses to act, it’s imperative that UK bishops do
Parishioners should DONATE ELSEWHERE until reforms happen, group says
Victims urge secular UK authorities to investigate British church like Irish government has
Before Benedict visits, group begs parishioners to push church & gov. officials for reform
Specifically, they want UK secular authorities to:
The organization is urging church-goers to be more generous than ever, but to give to institutions that help - not endanger - kids.
Around the world, outdated and inadequate child safety laws enable bishops to conceal child sex crimes and deny deeply wounded victims the chance for legal action – both civil and criminal – to expose predators and deter wrong-doing. And because Catholic officials continue covering up for pedophile priests, only truly independent government investigations can reveal these horrific crimes, those who perpetrated them, and those who hide them. SNAP wants UK secular officials to launch such probes, as the Irish government has done.
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 - as well as prod anyone who saw, suspects or suffered the crimes of pedophile priests to break their silence and call law enforcement immediately.
In London, the two US SNAP leaders are staying at the Holiday Inn-Bloomsbury (near the Russell Square underground station). The hotel phone number is +44-871-9429222.
Based in Chicago, SNAP is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 22 years and has more than 9,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in its title, SNAP has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Its website is SNAPnetwork.org. SNAP has no affiliation with any church organization and helps victims hurt in any denomination. Casteix is the group’s western director and Dorris is the group’s outreach director.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests