The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
July 23, 2003
Statement by Kristopher Galland
"We're here today to announce the formation of a new support group for men and women victimized by clergy.
I'm the Dallas Coordinator of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the nnation's lagest and oldest support and advocacy group for individuals who have been molested by trusted religious figures.
We are 95% Alcoholics Anonymous, and 5% Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In other words, first and foremost, we work to heal those who already are deeply wounded. But increasingly for many of us, we also heal by focusing on prevention, on working to make sure other kids and vulnerable adults don't suffer the way we did and do.
This brings to almost 50 the number of local SANP support groups around the country. We also have on line support groups. For details, Please check out our web site: SNAPnetwork.org
We have 3 messages today.
Today, our message to survivors is:
But you must break your silence.
You needn't file a lawsuit or speak publicly. But breaking your silence, telling someone, is the first step toward recovery.
Tell your parents. Tell your siblings. Tell your spouse. Tell the police. Tell a therapist. Or tell others who've endured the same trauma you did and who have survived: tell SNAP.
But silence is deadly. And silence leaves other kkids at risk. So please come forward and tell someone.
Today, our message to Catholics is:
Today, our message to therapists, counselors, police and prosecutors
For more information:
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests