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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement


For immediate release:
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Denver SNAP: Recovery is possible and help is available

Statement by Kirsten Boyd, SNAP Spokesperson, 303 547 0292

Unlike Jeb, I was not molested by a priest. I care deeply about kids, however, and I share Jeb's passion for reaching out to others, especially those who may be trapped in isolation and self-destructive behaviors.

Our message to those victims is simple: recovery is possible and help is available. But it requires a brave step out of the darkness and into the light. It requires disclosing this awful secret and the pain that it causes. It requires trsuting a caring professional or a dear friend or a loving spouse . . . not continuing to struggle against these demons alone.

Far too many Colorado children lost their innocence to abusive priests. We want to reach out to anyone who was abused.

I beg you: if you were molested, please act. Contact a therapist, social worker, support group. Tell your partner, your parents, your friends, your siblings, or the police. Just do something other than withdraw from those who can help.

The Pope is expected to apologize again, this time in Australia, for pedophile priests and the pain they inflict. But his words ring hollow because there's little or no follow through. Across America, we've seen no appreciable change or reform since his visit here in April. Until that happens, until his words are matched by deeds, the Pope's apologies will be largely meaningless.

Jeb Barrett of Aurora, SNAP Denver Leader 720-222-2412
Kirsten Boyd of Denver, SNAP Spokesperson 303 547 0292
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP Founder and President 312 399 4747,
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790,

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests