AR - Little Rock clergy abuse victims meet this week

For immediate release: Friday, September 6, 2013

Little Rock clergy abuse victims meet this week

Organization works to "heal the wounded & protect the vulnerable"

A self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in Little Rock next week.  

The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.  It is based in Chicago, claims 13,000 members and has been around since 1988.

“Victims, family members, and supporters are encouraged to attend,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP’s outreach director. “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, Dorris said. “But the bulk of what we do is to just listen and offer consolation – quietly and privately - to people who are in pain.”

Despite the word "priest" in its name, SNAP welcomes and tries to help "anyone who has been hurt in institutional settings by predators, Dorris said.

"Whether you or your loved ones were sexually victimized in summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, or wherever, it's beneficial to talk with and get solace and comfort from those who have suffered in similar settings," she said.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 11 at the downtown Little Rock public library at 100 Rock Street in the Lee Room on the 5th floor from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dorris, 314-862-7688, [email protected]

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