Mexico--SNAP has not changed its position on working with the Church
For immediate release June 13, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (415-312-5820, [email protected])
There has been some recent media coverage regarding a new alliance between “SNAPMexico” and the Catholic Church in that country.
SNAP has traditionally declined to partner with the Church hierarchy due to its historic and systematic cover up of clergy sexual abuse. We have not changed that position, and this press announcement never came through our organization headquarters in St. Louis.
There was a connection between Joaquin Aquilar and SNAP in the past. In fact, at one time he was listed on our website as a SNAP leader in Mexico. However, SNAP Mexico was removed from our online contact list some time ago. Until the articles began to appear this week, we were unaware that there was any group operating under that name.
We welcome all efforts of those who are working to help and support victims of clergy sexual abuse, and wish Mr. Aquilar well in his endeavors to make things better for Mexican survivors. But we need to clarify that no one should anticipate that we will be following suit. We plan to continue as we have for the past thirty years.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - Tim Lennon (415-312-5820,[email protected]), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044,[email protected]), Melanie Sakoda (925-708-6175, [email protected])