BENEFITING: SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS
The highly acclaimed film, Spotlight will be shown across the US this November. It references the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), features New England SNAP leader Phil Saviano portrayed by actor Neal Huff, and shows that SNAP played a big role in helping journalists investigate and expose clergy sex crimes and cover-ups in Boston (eventually exposing 249 predator priests in just one archdiocese and writing some 600 articles on the subject in one year).
This movie will re-focus millions of people’s attention on clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. It will help other victims find the courage to come forward, victims who may still be trapped in silence, shame and self-blame. And, it could help prod other journalists to look again or deeper at this continuing crisis. Please support SNAP so that we can fully meet this opportunity to support new survivors coming forward for the first time and uncover more cover-ups at the institutional level.
Founded in 1988, SNAP is an independent, confidential network of survivors of religious sexual abuse and their supporters who work to protect the innocent and heal the wounded. We expose perpetrators and those who shield them. We build policies and practices within secular and religious organizations to prevent abuse. We share our stories and empower others to confront the truth. Together, we find healthy mechanisms for healing. We educate ourselves and our communities about the effects of abuse. We speak in a unified voice to bring about change by exposing abuse and cover-up in institutional settings.
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Even though Vatican officials have admitted to over 100,000 victims and 6427 perpetrators in the US alone and according to a study from 2002 two-thirds of US bishops let accused priests work-only one US bishop has been criminally convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse. In 2015, this crisis is still not being appropriately addressed by clergy or law enforcement officials.
We are preparing to respond to an influx of calls as a result of people seeing this film, just like in 2002 when the first Spotlight story went to press. Your support enables us to train leaders to meet this need, spread the word about the help that is available, and ultimately empower victims to report their perpetrators and prevent future generations of children from losing their innocence to clergy abuse.