FBI investigating child sexual abuse in the Two by Twos; SNAP is grateful for this action

For immediate release: June 15, 2024

We are grateful that the FBI is investigating a religious sect that is facing widespread accusations of child sexual abuse. Such crimes in faith communities are best looked into by independent and trained professionals.

Our hearts ache for the victims from the Two by Twos (2x2), or The Church with No Name. While we have no first-hand knowledge about these reports, we know that false accusations of child sexual abuse are extremely rare, and that those who prey on children seldom stop on their own. We want the survivors to know that we believe them, and that they are not alone. We commend those who have bravely stepped forward, and we urge the countless others who may be suffering alone and in silence to make a report to law enforcement.

While SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, originated with Catholic victims, our resources are open to those who experienced abuse in other religious settings. Survivors of the 2x2, or any other faith community, are welcome to contact SNAP Leaders for an understanding ear and to participate in our peer-led support meetings.

If you have suffered, witnessed, or suspected child sexual abuse in the 2x2, you can fill out the FBI questionnaire here, or report directly to the FBI hotline (402-493-8688).

Remember, you are not alone. There are people who will believe you and support you.

CONTACT: Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Director ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento Area Leader, ([email protected], 530-908-3676), Dan McNevin, SNAP Board of Directors Treasurer ([email protected], 415-341-6417), Joey Piscitelli, SNAP Northern California ([email protected], 925-262-3699), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Director ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Interim Executive Director ([email protected], 814- 341-8386) 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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