SNAP Europe

Coordinator: Marc Artzrouni

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +33 - 6 95 73 65 92

Marc is bi-lingual in French and English and welcomes contact from survivors and supporters throughout Europe.

 

Letters from Europe: Essays by Marc

Helpful links for European Survivors

 

Support groups in selected European countries: An overview

Listed below are national associations in selected European countries which provide support to survivors of sexual abuse - either in society at large, or in a religious setting only.  This list provides a general, non-exhaustive overview of services available and should not be considered an endorsement of these associations. 

France

  • Stop Aux Violences Sexuelles - A  national association founded by medical professionals who train other health professionals in the treatment of victims of sexual abuse.  SVS has developed innovative therapeutic methods such as "fencing workshops" described elsewhere. 
  • Parler et revivre:  "Talk and relive" - An advocacy group that provides legal and medical support to survivors. 

Germany

  • Eckiger Tisch: "Angular table" - as opposed to "Round table" - A  non-profit association that advises, supports and represents those affected by sexual violence against children and young people, especially in the context of the Catholic Church.

Republic of Ireland

Italy

  • Rete l'Abuso: Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy - A victims' rights advocacy group - with articles of interest and a map of the country that is covered with symbols indicating where crimes were committed by priest.

Poland

  • In an apparently earnest effort, the Polish Episcopal Conference created in 2020 the  Saint Joseph Foundation with two goals:  i) protecting the victims of clerical sexual abuse and ii) supposedly preventing future crimes. The foundation offers two services: the Wounded in the Church, a support and helpline and Report Sexual Abuse for support and a resource for victims of and witnesses to clerical sexual abuse.  
  • Apostasy Counter, facilitates the process for those wishing to apostatize - and keeps track of the numbers. 

Spain

  • Stolen Childhood Association - A recent association whose main purpose is to get the Spanish Catholic Church to to take responsibility for the crimes committed by its clergy.  

Switzerland  (French-speaking)

  • SAPEC: Support for those abused by clergy - Offers support for victims, with a  few peer-to-peer support groups, one of the few associations in Europe to do so.  SAPEC works to establish a 'truth commission" to hold the Swiss Catholic Church to account for its crimes through "restorative justice", compensation, etc.

Switzerland (German-speaking)

UK

  • Minister and Clergy Sexual Assault Survivors - Supports those who have been sexually abused as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood - Offers for U.K. residents support for those who have survived all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
  • Safespaces - A free support service, providing a confidential space for anyone who has been abused by a member of the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales.

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