Survivors group urges reporting of sexual abuse

For immediate release Wednesday, November 29

Statement by Esther Hatfield Miller, Southern California Leader, SNAP, The Survivors Network, (  

“Conservative movement urges new rules to prevent, report sexual abuse,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2017

SNAP applauds the coalition of Conservative Jewish groups who issued a statement on November 28 condemning those who use positions of power to take sexual advantage of others. 

It is especially commendable that this statement urges Conservative Jewish organizations to develop policies to prevent, report, and investigate incidents of sexual misconduct. SNAP has repeatedly urged religious groups to develop such policies – and to encourage those who experience sexual abuse in a religious context to report that abuse to legal and criminal authorities. Policies developed by religious groups to deal with sexual abuse should, in SNAP’s view, always include strong encouragement to abuse victims to report their abuse to legal and criminal authorities first and foremost. 

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 members. Our website is

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Managing Director (,  Joelle Casteix or Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175

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