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45 years later, 'Uncle Raggy,' ex-youth minister, indicted in sexual abuse case

A former youth minister has been indicted on a sexual abuse charge stemming from an alleged incident that took place nearly 45 years ago. Dural Reece Ragsdale, 71, known as "Uncle Raggy" on his now shuttered YouTube channel, turned himself in to the Tishomingo County Jail Monday afternoon. He was charged with fondling, a felony. 

Jesuit Officials Trying to Force Victims to Reveal Their Names; Crucial Court Hearing Tomorrow on This Issue; SNAP Calls Religious Order’s Tactic Obvious Intimidation

In their latest effort to dodge the deluge of lawsuits from survivors of clergy abuse, Jesuit officials are deploying a new tactic that is obviously aimed at scaring victims and witnesses into silence. We hope their tactic is thrown out in court today, and that survivors will be protected as they exercise their legal rights.

SNAP Applauds as California Governor Signs SOL Reform into Law

We applaud lawmakers in California, especially Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for introducing this important reform bill and Governor Gavin Newsom for signing it into law yesterday. Californians can be proud of their leadership on this issue.

Manhattan SNAP Leader Comments on Enlightenment Machine no. 1

The below are comments that were delivered by Manhattan's SNAP Leader, Brian Toale, at today's premiere of Enlightenment Machine no. 1, the new play from NYC nurse, survivor and activist Kat Sullivan. Welcome, everyone. The play you have just seen is meant to celebrate those whom few of us ever thought we would be celebrating; survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Today we carry the message that every survivor of childhood sexual abuse deserves their chance to heal. This is true whether or not you want to confront your abuser, seek justice in the courts, or share your story with the public. None of that is required to begin the healing process.

New Play Aims to Bring Hope and Healing to Survivors

New Play Aims to Bring Hope and Healing to Survivors Enlightenment Machine No. 1 to debut in NYC this Week Kat Sullivan’s New Play is “Part Street Performance, Part Protest” “Join us and allow the legends of survivors to guide the future”

As SBC Continues to Ignore Victims, Survivor Calls for Action

As SBC Continues to Ignore Victims, Survivor Calls for Action Survivor of Sexual Assault by SBC Pastor to Attend SBC Convention “It is time for action, not more discussion,” she says

SNAP Presser in Downtown St. Louis Tues 10/1 at 1OPM

AG keeps agreement with bishops secret He rejects SNAP’s Sunshine Act request So victims ask AG & bishop for voluntarily release SNAP: “If you’ve nothing to hide, disclose the deal” Group says Schmitt’s abuse report is “the worst ever” And it reveals 60 pages of never-seen-abuse records Some are about ‘sex ring’ with three St. Louis seminarians

Re-watch the 2019 SNAP National Conference on Youtube!

The 2019 SNAP Conference was a wonderful weekend of healing, learning and growth and we are grateful to every speaker, attendee, and volunteer who helped make this conference one of our most successful events ever.

If you want to re-live the experience in Alexandria, check out our YouTube links below to re-watch the keynote addresses and plenary speeches. 

Re-watch the SNAP Conference on YouTube

  • Friday, July 26th, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm  Welcome Remarks, Marci Hamilton and Bill Jenkins. Watch Friday here.
  • Saturday, July 27th, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm  Nick Kelso, Siobhan O'Connor, Bishop Accountability and Grace French. Watch Saturday here.
  • Sunday, July 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Panel: Mary Dispenza, Ashley Easter, Johnathon Schaech and Olivia Venuto, Tom Doyle and Looking Ahead with SNAP Leadership. Watch Sunday here.

 

Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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