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A Memorial Letter to a Friend, Mike Drabik

The below letter was written by Claudia Vercellotti, longtime SNAP leader in Toledo, OH and friend to Mike Drabik. 

Mike,
I  just learned of your unexpected  passing. I’m crushed. You were always kind to me as a SNAP leader. I deeply appreciated your unwavering support that kids should not be sexually abused nor the crimes against them covered up within the Catholic Church. 

Whatever Gets You Through the Night

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

Last week, I read something another survivor posted on Facebook. It was truly sad. This person was searching for answers. Why me? What have I done? I have always been good and people have been horrible and have hurt me. Why does God allow this? What is wrong with Him anyway?


The Times Are They A Changing?

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

I got an email tonight from someone who sent me a link to what appears to be a new policy going into effect from the Roman Catholic Church released to the public via the Diocese of Buffalo. This new policy has to do with handling accusations of abuse of adults by clergy. I have included the entire link at the bottom, but to give you an idea of what it says, here is one of the leading sentences:


Standing in Solidarity with People of Color Following Recent Events

Shortly after I first started working at SNAP, Barbara Blaine – SNAP’s founder and my boss at the time – went on a business trip to Washington D.C. When she returned, she brought along souvenirs for her staff from the MLK Memorial. For me, she had brought a magnet – still on my fridge today – with Dr. King posed in relief alongside one of his famous quotes; “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


Teach Your Children

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

We know that children are usually abused by their parents or by authority figures, including priests. We know that sometimes this abuse is sexual in nature. We know that perpetrators target those who are most vulnerable or easier to manipulate or are going through an emotional crisis or in need of comfort and support. And we know the damage that this abuse does to someone for the rest of their life.

But is there still more to learn? And does sexual abuse in childhood make a person more vulnerable to sexual predators in adulthood?


He Ain’t Heavy…

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

Last week, people logged in from ten countries. I hope you are finding this blog helpful and/or entertaining and insightful.


Pretty Tulips Sunbathe Daily

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

This past week I got a text from a survivor about 3am asking me to please call. I have texted and spoken with this person on a number of occasions and I know the story and it is not pretty.

 


Two Crises, Two Different Responses

A blog by David Clohessy, longtime SNAP National Director

Ponder this flight of fancy, then ask “Why isn’t this really happening? From a recent news story:

Up and down Italy, police entered churches and church offices judged to be in violation of national child sex abuse reporting laws, issuing citations and fines to those taking part, in several instances including the parish priest.


Poor Pitiful Me

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

Someone just asked me about something I posted recently and I just wanted to clear it up. What goes on in my brain and what comes out on paper are sometimes two different things. Hey, I know what I’m trying to say.


Stuff the Magic Dragon

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

There’s a lot out there that you can read about Narcissists. I recently read something about introverted narcissists and their traits. It’s hard to pinpoint who is what as we are all probably bits of this and that and the difference is when someone tends to have a great deal of narcissistic traits so that they stand out.


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