SNAP to begin support group in Youngstown and Pittsburgh area
Self-help group starts monthly support meetings
SNAP reaches out to those abused by clerics in Youngstown & Pittsburgh area
Confidential meetings are safe place for victims to heal, they say
Victims and family members are encouraged to attend
Due to increased calls and survivors' pleas for support, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), will begin monthly confidential support meetings in the Youngstown-Boardman, OH area. The first meeting will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.
Victims who have been abused by priests, nuns, employees or volunteers in religious settings and institutions are welcome and encouraged to attend.
"SNAP support meetings are in a safe environment where victims and family members can share their pain and know that they are not alone. It is a great way to foster the healing process," said Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director.
For location and time of meeting, people can contact:
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, SNAPJudy@gmail.com 636-433-2511
Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach director, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 314-862-7688
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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