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SNAP's Mission
SNAP's healing model - that both survivors and the institution that hurt them must be healed - focuses on helping individuals and changing the church that allowed the abuse. We have a three-fold purpose:
SELF HELP:
By sharing our stories, we recognize that we are not alone, and we are not guilty for what happened to us. Gradually coming to a full knowledge of this empowers us to confront the truth, and to find healthy mechanisms for healing.
EDUCATION:
We work together to educate ourselves and our communities about the effects of the abuse.
PREVENTION:

Once we learn the truth about what has happened to us, we can then use that power to bring about change. When we put our voices together, we become so strong that we can no longer not be heard.

The SNAP Viewpoint
SNAP weighs in -- reaching out, speaking up, seeking justice, prevention and accountability.
SNAP PRESS RELEASES
Giving voice to victims' views and hopes.
SNAP STATEMENTS
Weighing in on the discussion, from the rights of victims to the future of the church.
CLOHESSY'S Q & A:
Executive Director David Clohessy talks about SNAP, the history of the movement, and where to go from here.
 
 
 
 

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Your interest and support enables us to build SNAP's healing model as we deliver the programs and services that advance SNAP's Mission:
  • to reach out to survivors of clergy sexual abuse;
  • to provide in-person and online support groups;
  • while serving as a clearinghouse for key information; and
  • to prevent further abuse through public education and advocacy.
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Welcome

If you've been victimized by clergy, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who've been hurt just like you have. Together, we can heal one another.

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the nation's largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others). We are an independent and confidential organization, with no connections with the church or church officials. We are also a non-profit, certified 501 (c) (3) organization.

And we are here to help.

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CONTACT OUR NATIONAL OFFICE

NEED HELP NOW?
CALL THE SUICIDE HOT LINE.
If you are having thoughts about suicide, call 1.800.SUICIDE 800 (784-2433). Your call will be connected to a certified crisis center nearest your location.

SNAP SUPPORT GROUPS:
In over 50 cities across the country SNAP provides support, comfort and healing. Call us. We're here to help.

SURVIVORS' WISDOM:
Helpful advice from someone who has "been there." This is a compil-ation of things that SNAP members have learned and shared at SNAP meetings, with advice on healing, contacting the church, and staying emotionally healthy.