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George Pell Freed After Australian Court Overturns Sex Abuse Conviction

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday overturned the sexual abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty in the church’s clergy pedophilia crisis.

Australia’s Cardinal Pell has Conviction Overturned, SNAP responds

We are dismayed and heartbroken that Cardinal George Pell has successfully challenged his conviction for sexually abusing two choirboys and will be freed from prison. Once again, the powerful have won and the prize is the continuation of the Catholic Church’s tradition of abuse obfuscation and minimization. Our hearts ache for the surviving accuser in this case, and we hope that this disappointing ruling does not deter other victims from coming forward to report their abuse.

USTA Follows in Footsteps of US Gymnastics by Covering Up for a Serial Sexual Abuser

As if we needed more examples that institutions cannot police themselves, the United States Tennis Association has provided the latest reason why all allegations of sexual abuse must be reported to and investigated by independent law enforcement officials.

Diocese of Belleville to Get a New Bishop, SNAP Responds

The Catholic Diocese of Belleville is getting a new bishop following the retirement of their current prelate. We hope that Belleville’s leader elect will usher in a new era of transparency and openness, but we are skeptical that this will actually happen.

Victims Urge Maryland State Senators to Support HB974

Victims Urge Maryland State Senators to Support HB974 Survivors Believe the Proposed Measure Will Protect the State’s Children Bill Will Also Provide Justice for the Abused SNAP: Legislators Should Not Be Taking Direction from Those Who Shielded Perpetrators

Survivors Call for Transparency from Church Officials in Rockville Centre

Survivors Call for Transparency from Church Officials in Rockville Centre “Release a list of accused priests now!” they demand Diocese has Reached 300 Settlements, but no Names of Abusers have been Released – “Where is the transparency,” they ask They Will Release a Letter that has been Written to Bishop Barres And they will Call for Explanations of Barres’ Refusal to Take Action on an Abusive Priest in Pennsylvania

Minister kept accused abuser on the job

Minister kept accused abuser on the job Now, he’s been named a college trustee Police say he “refused to cooperate” with them Other university trustees are upset with the move too Groups want him ousted & external investigators hired And they call on MO Attorney General to do statewide probe Baptists are the second largest denomination in the Missouri

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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