The Power of Sustaining Gifts, RSVP to the 2020 SNAP Virtual Conference, Reporting Abuse and Surviving Abuse: Articles by Bailey Brown Featuring SNAP's Mary Dispenza, Things Fell Apart But the Center Held published by Dianne Couts, 20 Years After Reporting Clergy Abuse, a Notre Dame Survivor Shares His Story, SNAP Needs Russian/Polish Translator, Help SNAP Become a Leading 2020 Nonprofit, SNAP Leaders in the News
The Power of Sustaining Gifts
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our economy, even for nonprofit organizations. However, SNAP is among the more fortunate nonprofits because of monthly sustaining gifts. A monthly recurring donation helps us cover our general operating expenses, such as the costs related to office rental space and supplies as well as maintaining our survivor support groups and helpline. You can help provide SNAP with this critical stability. This year, our goal is to have 100 sustaining donors whose gifts cover at least 60% of our operating expenses by December 31, 2020. So, we invite you to be part of our challenge by making a monthly sustaining gift to SNAP.
Reminder to RSVP for the Virtual SNAP Conference!
This year's virtual conference will be a great mix of motivation, healing, and action. From conversations with powerful survivor advocates like Rose McGowan to important updates on the clergy abuse movement from Bishop Accountability to workshops on individual healing, legislative advocacy, and movement building, we have designed this weekend to be powerful and helpful for all survivors.
Registration for this event is free and open to everyone so please RSVP today. We are accepting donations to help offset the cost of the conference this year and you can help us defray the cost of the conference by contributing to our GoFundMe here.
Two Articles Featuring SNAP by Bailey Brown
The articles linked below were written by Bailey Brown, a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a degree in journalism. For her senior journalism project, she reported on clergy sexual abuse and interviewed several SNAP survivor advocates for her stories.
Reporting Abuse talks about the complexities around how survivors report, how churches and institutions deal with those reports, and features SNAP's nun abuse and Seattle, WA leader Mary Dispenza.
Surviving Abuse tells the story of Steve Bartley, a retired law enforcement officer who was abused in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and today is an advocate who helps other survivors navigate how to speak out, report their abuse, and tell their story.
We are grateful to Bailey for covering these important topics and for allowing us to host her articles.
Things Fell Apart, but the Center Held
Dianne Couts, President of MK Safety Net and fellow SNAP Member, just published Things Fell Apart, but the Center Held, and it is available for purchase on Amazon. It tells the story of her life as a child of Missionaries, and the abuse she faced at the hands of a Missionary. She tells the story of her childhood and of the life-long results that stem from child abuse. This is a story many need to read.
20 Years After Reporting Clergy Abuse, a Notre Dame Survivor Shares His Story
Urgent Call for Help! Do you speak Russian or Polish?
- Do you speak Russian or Polish and would be willing to be connected with Anastasia?
- Do you know any survivors from the Missionaries of Charity would be interested in connecting with other MoC survivors?
If the answer to either of these questions is "yes," please contact us as soon as you can.
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SNAP Leaders in the News
- Check out Dee Parson's widely-read blog on abuse in Evangelicalism, The Wartburg Watch. This article, Open Letter to the People of First Baptist Orlando: Do You Know That Tommy Gilmore Molested Me?, features our own SNAP Leader Christa Brown, and her open letter to the First Baptist Church of Orlando.
- Read Rape is rape. Even when the rapist is female. featuring Seattle SNAP Leader Mary Dispenza and SNAP Member Steve Theissen.
- "And we find, time after time, bishops doing the absolute bare minimum." Read Judy Jone's letter to the editor on Herald-Star.
- New Orleans SNAP Leader Kevin Bourgeois and Louisiana Leader Richard Windmann were featured in this Sports Illustrated article titled, How Much Did the Saints Help the Catholic Church on Its Sex Abuse Crisis? More Than They Admitted.
Two Whistleblowers contacted SNAP Mennonite Leader Barbra Graber in January 2020 about a Big Fish who had been reported to church leaders for decades. For refusing to stay silent about the perp’s files, the husband was fired and wife was laid off. In the end, they persevered and won. Read more about the story here.