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Abuse Survivors Seek More Progress 1 Year After Papal Summit

VATICAN CITY — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain.

Texas Lawsuit Names the Vatican as a Defendant

A $20 million dollar lawsuit has been filed in Texas against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and the Vatican on behalf of two people who say they were victimized by Fr. Manueal La Rosa Lopez. The complaint alleges that it was the policies and protocols issued by Rome which caused the local defendants to conceal the crimes of the priest and to allow him access to vulnerable children.

BSA Files for Bankruptcy, SNAP Reacts

Following in the footsteps of other organizations with similar legacies of sexual abuse and secrecy, including Roman Catholic dioceses and U.S.A. Gymnastics, the Boy Scouts of America today filed for bankruptcy protection. Our biggest concern is that this bankruptcy will prevent survivors from having the opportunity to hold the scouts accountable in court, as well as to learn what was known about their abuser, when it was known, and who knew it.

SNAP says Cleveland Catholic Bishop Has Work to Do in Wake of Child Pornography Case

We applaud law enforcement in Cleveland for their thorough investigation of Fr. Robert McWilliams. The Catholic clergyman was originally arrested for possessing child pornography. Now, according to media reports, there is also evidence of “child prostitution” and "“hands on physical abuse.”

Clergy Abuse Survivors from SNAP Return to Rome on One Year Anniversary of Vox Estis Lux Mundi

Leaders and representatives from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will be available in Rome from February 19-23. Attendees will be on hand during the one-year anniversary of Vox Estis Lux Mundi and will be holding press events during that time. The below delegates will be available for interviews in Rome from February 19-23 and are also available in the United States prior to leaving for Rome:

One Year After List of Abusive Priests Released, Public Still Kept in Dark

One Year After List of Abusive Priests Released, Public Still Kept in Dark “Church officials promised to be transparent, not silent on cases of abuse” Survivors Say They Ask for Updates on Two Prominent Cases of Priest Abuse SNAP: “Protect children, not abusers”

Survivors and Advocates Demand Response from New Orleans Saints

Survivors and Advocates Demand Response from New Orleans Saints Team Should Release Abuse-Related Emails and “Be Direct, Open, and Transparent” Victims Say Saints PR Team Suggested that the Archdiocese of New Orleans Use Those Same Words in  Releasing Abuser Names NFL Should Intervene in Situation, SNAP Believes Saints Appear to be in Danger of Losing  Their "Moral Compass”

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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