Tim Lennon

Tim_1960_13yo_25_percent_2.jpgI first noticed SNAP when a came across a pamphlet in 1995. I thought, similar abuse happened to me. I began to remember being molested by a priest when I was thirteen. This prompted my participation in SNAP support groups twice a month for almost three years. After a while I became more focused on my family and dropped away from SNAP. Within a couple of years I became the father of twin girls who are now thirteen. 

About two years ago new, horrific, memories came to me. Fifty years after my abuse I remembered being raped by a priest. These disturbing memories threw me for a loop. My emotional center was gone. Depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, nightmares were overwhelming.

I lived in a world without fully understanding where or what I was. I sought out SNAP and once again participated in working with the network of SNAP members. SNAP was a safe harbor that provided comfort and support as I embarked on a path of healing. SNAP provides an opportunity for me to meet other survivors and develop friendships. I no longer feel alone. I know that it is not my fault and that I should not be ashamed. The members of the SNAP support group understand my injury, sympathize with my struggles and support my journey to a healthier life. These are important elements of building confidence to live life without being burdened by the abuse of the past.

As I became aware of the abuse and the lifelong injury I suffered as a child the more I understood how it had crippled me. With the support of SNAP members and the support from family and friends I developed a solid foundation for healing. Professional counseling also helped address the symptoms of PTSD.

As I developed into my own person I began to be more involved in the work of SNAP outside the support group. The injuries I suffered because of my abuse are not erased, nonetheless I live a fuller, healthier life. This lead to activism as I believed that no child should suffer the abuse I did.

I have gained the ability to move forward with my life. The network of SNAP members supported my steps to a healthier life and are my companions in that journey today. SNAP heals.


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  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-02-24 19:08:33 -0600
    Good for you Tim that SNAP has eased your suffering. I visit SNAP’s website everyday. One of the good things about SNAP is that it’s a mixture of men & women, it’s not narrow minded. SNAP are also calm, responsible and sensible, you are right they do heal.
    Keep up the good work with SNAP Tim.
  • Whitedove
    commented 2012-12-05 17:30:11 -0600
    Thanks for sharing your story for others to read. I am glad you have found a support network, and have moved forward in your healing.
    www.whitedovesnest.com – a site for sexual abuse survivors and their supporters.
  • Will Cartwright
    commented 2012-10-10 15:40:38 -0500
    It is so hard to believe that a person whom you respect in a Catholic School could do such a herendous crime. Speaking as a victim myself of priest sexual abuse, I am glad that your life turned out as nice as it did for you Tim! My life is the same way, but as I stated previously, little things that trigger the bad memories will always be a hurdle in our lives to overcome. I never dreamed there were so many cases until I started reading through SNAP. I am so lost for words right now as to the number of priest and victims. I want to wish you and your family the very best. Sincerely,
    Will Cartwright
  • Lucas Penna
    commented 2012-09-13 11:53:31 -0500
    you sure deservers of a beautiful life, but i chose to fight the beasty pope and his insanity by using the net somthing i was not allowed to know about. may God(protestant one) protect and guard your lives. amen!!!!
  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2012-06-01 12:07:56 -0500
    Go Tim!!! Good shall prevail!!!
  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2012-05-15 20:31:06 -0500
    Look how far you have come, Tim!!! You have and continue to fight the good fight. I wish you all the best. I enjoyed sitting next to you at the conference in DC last year.

    Annette Nestler-SNAP Southern New Jersey

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