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Survivors of Sexual Violence rally in Chicago

Global Day of Action: Freeze to Stop the Silence of Sexual Violence

Organizations, including SNAP, Respond to Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

Members and supporters of three groups working to end sexual abuse will rally in the Daley Plaza. The groups hope to raise local awareness of the prevalence of sexual abuse. Participants and the public are invited to join the campaign: FREEZE TO STOP THE SILENCE. In this global action organizers will orchestrate participants “freezing” in their place to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and the silence that surrounds it.

TODAY! April 30, 2010 12:00 Noon

Daley Plaza at Washington/Dearborn in downtown Chicago

Members of three groups: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), Freeze to Stop the Silence and SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will participate. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence. Freeze to Stop the Silence is spearheading this Chicago event and similar events in other cities. SNAP is the oldest and largest support group for victims of abuse by clergy, including leaders of each group and SNAP’s president, Barbara Blaine.

As reported by the New York Times, outraged child sexual abuse survivors from St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin continue demanding answers. Head of St. John’s boarding school for 22 years, Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, admitted sexually abusing 19 deaf boys at the school. Even after being evaluated in 1993 by a sexual disorders expert who estimated the number closer to 200, he was never disciplined by the Catholic Church.

Child sexual abuse advocates seek transparency, so the Church can learn from past mistakes. Only after weeks of bad press has the Vatican acknowledged and apologized to survivors.

“We must not stop at outrage. Outrage must motivate us all to action. Every school in every state should have a mandatory policy of open discussion, education and intervention on the topic of sexual victimization of girls and boys, so that no child will have to go another day carrying the burden of sexual victimization. The time to end the silence has come." Jim Clemente, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Survivor.

Gabe Wright, PAVE Male Empowerment Director, 877-399-1346, [email protected]
Barbara Blaine, President, SNAP, 312-399-4747

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests