News from SNAP “down-under” in Aotearoa New Zealand

SNAP has been in Aotearoa New Zealand now for the past eight months. Many people in Aotearoa New Zealand still do not know about SNAP here or the service we provide the local communities because we are still new to the Aotearoa victims and survivors scene. But the need for our work here is evident.

Monthly Meeting

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

When I first joined SNAP, I felt like a fraud. Here were people who were raped when they were children trying to heal from horrific acts and bravely facing the church in a one-step forward, two-steps back struggle for justice and prevention. There’s not much worse than taking advantage and hurting the innocent and the helpless. Here I was, an adult who had been duped by a crazy priest who I thought had used his position to control his love life out of what I believed to be guilt and fear.

Don't Wake Me

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

It took a long time for me to wake up. Long after my abuse and harassment had ceased, I was still asleep. I still believed it was my fault and that what had happened with Fr. Jade was just the fact that he had feelings for me which he could not deal with. I had an explanation, I thought, for everything. I still missed him. I still thought….maybe if I had done something different, things wouldn’t have turned out this way.

Documentary on Murder of Sister Margaret Ann airing Sundary March 1

A new documentary on the case of Sister Margaret Ann and the first conviction of a catholic priest for murdering a nun in the U.S. will air this Sunday, March 1 at 10:00 PM on Investigation Discovery. This is a fascinating case and one you should definitely tune in to learn more about!

When All Your Dreams Hit the Wall...

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

When I was a child, I grew up knowing that someday my prince would come. And when that day happened, I would then go on to live the life my mother was living, as her mother had done before her. So I grew up with that internalized view of my future. One day, a man will come along. He will fall in love with my beauty and my good heart and he will pull me onto his white horse and we will live together forever and have a lovely family with… I wanted five… five children… because you see I planned to be a housewife and full-time mother so I could have five children with no problem. And we would all live happily ever after.

It's Not Just Priests

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

I was conversing with a SNAP member who had been abused as an adult and she asked me to mention that it is not just about priests.

Into the Lion's Den

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

I’ve found it easier to help others and to listen to their stories. It’s also easier to dance around the subject of adult abuse by priests. It’s not so easy to discuss your own case or to have to face your past and your mistakes and your own shame.

How to Best Make Reports to the Bishop and Law Enforcement

By Steve Bartley, A SNAP Member and a Survivor, January 17, 2020

Important Deadline Reminder for California SNAP

This is an important deadline reminder for those in California.
Those survivors who are interested in participating in the Independent Compensation Program (ICP) for victims of childhood sexual abuse by a diocesan priest in the six participating California dioceses (Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Los Angeles) MUST register online by JANUARY 31, 2020.

Meet your new SNAP board members.

SNAP is taking on a few new board members moving forward into the new decade and we want you to be the first to know. 

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Silver Participant