Victoria clergy abuse victims meet this week
For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
A self help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in Victoria this week.
The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests". The meeting will be Tuesday, September 3.
“Victims, family members, and supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said Leona Huggins of B.C., SNAP’s B.C. leader. “The trial of Fr. Phil Jacobs, and the recent installation of the new Pope has been a trigger for many clergy abuse victims. There has been an unprecedented number of calls from Survivors to SNAP who are looking for support. Getting together in a private setting can help to start the healing of anyone who has been abused as a child or exploited as an adult.”
Sometimes, SNAP is perceived as an “activist” group, Leona said. “But the bulk of what we do is to just listen and offer consolation – quietly and privately - to people who are in pain.”
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
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