In August 2014 SNAP entered a community partnership with StoryCorps. Since 2003 StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. With the storyteller's permission, each conversation is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition and on their Listen pages. SNAP President Barbara Blaine was interviewed by her friend and mentor Judge Sheila Murphy and the story aired on WBEZ in Chicago August 1.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of SNAP, during the 2014 National Conference Aug 1-3 StoryCorps reserved two full recording days for SNAP members to share their stories. We are so proud of the brave survivors who have made their stories available to you with the hope that those who have not yet found the courage, will be inspired to come forward.
Since then, others have been able to record at the StoryCorps booths in San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago. They even have a mobile booth that may be coming to a town near you soon. We would love to hear your story! Explore the links below for more information. As always, feel free to call the SNAP office with any questions, 314-282-9936.
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While there was no sexual abuse there was much physical and psychological abuse. There were many hidden secrets which the parishioners has no clue of involving drugs, alcohol and witnessed sexual escapades btw the priests who would perform services together on the altar, in the day’s light.
I remain confused as to why priests are not held responsible for their actions as a lay person would be, and am disgusted by the cover-ups by the church. I applaud you all for having the courage to share your stories and hope to help shed more light on the matter.
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I, too, was raised “Strict Catholic”, by an abusive mother, and have unraveled the fuller truth – that the dogmas the Catholic church was supposed to safeguard (because it was the church Christ taught) are technically preserved therein – but woefully misinterpreted throughout history by a child abuse tainted clergy – on the “right” and on the “left”.
Scripture and Sacred Tradition never taught that God was a mean, wrongly judgemental Man with a Stick. This describes the Anti Christ – or what I like to call Brute Man, but not an all loving Father.
Revelation is discovering that we were all born innocent, in the very Image and Likeness of the all good and all just God. He asks us to love Him – and that’s all He asks of us – a “fiat” of our heart and will. He asks us to believe that He exists and trust that he is GOOD. We are all really just little children, who cannot do anything on our own without a Father we can trust.
It is Satan, erroneous parents, or abusive persons in religious institutions that lie about God’s nature and “condemn us”, or wrongly impose upon us a sense of shame and guilt, as if God has rejected us, which was never our burden or cross to bear. People may choose hell (because God won’t force Heaven or even our heart’s desire upon us) but God never “sends” someone there.
This is the “real” “Catholic” teaching that corrupted man won’t tell you about.
Even people who abuse others are only judged for culpability, and only God can determine that, and He knows the traumas they must have endured as children. I am not talking about tolerating or not exposing wrongs here, but about how God alone can “judge” someone’s “culpability” – and He is infinitely fair.
I now think of the visible Catholic church and hierarchy as the “chosen” people – who crucified Christ. I think of the true Catholic (Catholic means “Universal”) church as ALL of the innocent children of God ,and people of good will, of every denomination – hidden within these broken religious institutions.
The wheat is hidden among the chaf.
You and all the voices on this site are the Real God’s Church, that “fled to the mountains”, as predicted in Scripture.
And by the way, any connection to child abuse is one of the few offenses that automatically removes power of office from corrupted prelates. This teaching is as old as the Didache, echoed in current canons, and therefore means most priestly lines of ordination are invalid anyway.
Please know that God is within you and always was.
Your voice has touched me in a way today that I cannot even express in words, and goes beyond mere words. As an HSP it is very hard for me to listen to these stories without “feeling” and “sharing” all of the pain expressed. But I also sense the paradox, and wanted you to know. If you knew, if everyone on here knew, of how much God loves you – you would die of ecstacy – for in a deeper reality – outside of time – you have never left Heaven.
And Judy, your sister has never left your side.