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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, September 28, 2009

Actress Mackenzie Phillips says she had 'consensual relationship' with her dad

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP founder and president (312 399 4747)

A teenager simply cannot have a "consensual relationship" with a considerably older, powerful adult, especially if she's an addict and he is her father.

We're sad about Phillips' pain, and sad that she obviously doesn't fully comprehend the extent to which she's been victimized. Make no mistake about it: sex can be consensual only among equals, and fathers and teenaged daughters are never 'equal.'

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 21 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688), Mary Grant (626-419-2930), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests