Growing the movement, New Board Member Update, Getting Through the Holidays, Early Bird Registration, #windowtojustice in New Jersey, Wishes for the Holidays and the New Year — A Survivor's List, PREY, SNAP Leaders in the News
Dear Survivors, Supporters, and Friends of SNAP,
We're excited to send you our final newsletter of 2019! It's been a big year for survivors and we think 2020 will be an even bigger one.
Growing our Movement in 2019
2019 has been a tremendous year of growth for SNAP and we are grateful to all you have done to help our movement and cause grow! In the past year:
- More than 3,500 new contacts have been added to our database,
- We have added 20 new volunteer leaders across the U.S.,
- We have expanded internationally into countries like New Zealand, Denmark, Japan, Nigeria, and Uganda,
- More than 340 support group meetings were held, and
- Dozens of new survivors have shared their stories publicly.
We look forward to continuing this positive momentum in 2020 and are grateful that you're a part of our growing network!
Meet Our New SNAP Board Members!
We've added three members to the SNAP Board of Directors and we're very excited for the expertise and experience they bring to our organization. Check out our blog post here and get to know new members Dr. Guila Benchemol, Christa Brown, and Shaun Dougherty.
Getting Through the Holidays: Tips for Survivors
The holidays can be a tough time for survivors. In order to help, we've put together some easy to remember tips on how to survive the holidays in a robust and empowering way. These ideas were put together by SNAP leaders Esther Hatfield Miller, Becky Ianni, and Ashley Easter and can help you make it through the holidays in a healthy and happy mood.
Early Bird Registration for the 2020 SNAP Conference ends on December 31!
This year's 2020 Annual SNAP Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado from July 26-28. For the next few weeks, you can secure your spot at the conference for the lowest rate possible!
From now until December 31, you can secure your seat at the conference for just $99. Take advantage of this low rate before prices rise at the end of the year and register today!
#WindowToJustice in New Jersey
On December 1, 2019, #WindowToJustice legislation took effect in New Jersey. This new law will open a two year window in which survivors of childhood sexual abuse can sue their abuser and the institution that enabled the abuse.
But what exactly does this mean for survivors? Our NJ leader Mark Crawford was instrumental in passing this legislation and has provided a breakdown of what this law will do and how survivors can take advantage of this reform. Read more about how this #WindowToJustice can make a difference for survivors in New Jersey.
Wishes for the Holidays and the New Year — A Survivor's List
The idea to create these wish-lists came from a survivor named Buddy Robson who wanted to think of ways to combine the holiday giving season with the wishes and needs of survivors. These are wishes that we hope will come true for every survivor and will inspire others to get involved in child sexual abuse prevention in the new year.
PREY: Now available for pre-order on iTunes
PREY, which screened at last summer's SNAP conference in Alexandria Virginia, is to be released on iTunes in the USA on December 17th. The award-winning documentary is a riveting and unflinching account of a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and his civil lawyer as they seek justice by taking on the Catholic Church.
Pre-order on iTunes here: Prey on iTunes
SNAP Leaders in the News
- In Canada, SNAP leader Brenda Brunelle and survivor Jerry Boyle worked together to create a list of accused priests in the Diocese of London, ON.
- SNAP leaders Kevin Bourgeois and Richard Windmann held a press conference in front of St. Louis Cathedral pushing for church officials to make policy changes that will expand protections for children and increase transparency in Louisiana.
- Colorado SNAP Leader Jeb Barrett responds to the Special Master's report that examined the scope of clergy abuse and cover-up in dioceses throughout Colorado.
- Mary McKenna shared her disappointment with CBS on the year-long review of the Archdiocese of New York.
- More stories can be found our Story of the Day page on our website.
Thanks for everything you do,