- 2003


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statements

On Formation of a New SNAP Chapter

July 23, 2003

Statement by Kristopher Galland
Dallas SNAP Coordinator
817 223 6561

"We're here today to announce the formation of a new support group for men and women victimized by clergy.

I'm the Dallas Coordinator of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the nnation's lagest and oldest support and advocacy group for individuals who have been molested by trusted religious figures.

We are 95% Alcoholics Anonymous, and 5% Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In other words, first and foremost, we work to heal those who already are deeply wounded. But increasingly for many of us, we also heal by focusing on prevention, on working to make sure other kids and vulnerable adults don't suffer the way we did and do.

This brings to almost 50 the number of local SANP support groups around the country. We also have on line support groups. For details, Please check out our web site:

We have 3 messages today.

Today, our message to survivors is:
You are not alone. It wasn't your fault. You can get better.

But you must break your silence.

You needn't file a lawsuit or speak publicly. But breaking your silence, telling someone, is the first step toward recovery.

Tell your parents. Tell your siblings. Tell your spouse. Tell the police. Tell a therapist. Or tell others who've endured the same trauma you did and who have survived: tell SNAP.

But silence is deadly. And silence leaves other kkids at risk. So please come forward and tell someone.

Today, our message to Catholics is:
Please urge your pastors, school principals, and other church employees to post notices about our group in churches, schools, and parish publications. The church is only made safer when victims gain the strength and courage to come forward and disclose the abuse they suffered. That feeling of strength and courage is one of the most important benefits SNAP provides.

Today, our message to therapists, counselors, police and prosecutors is:
Please spread the word abouit our support group. Please let clients, victims, and parents know that connfidential, independent help is available through SNAP."

For more information:
David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests