Author and activist Mary Dispenza lives in Bellevue, Washington, where she works to protect children from harm and abuse. She is Northwest district director for the national organization Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and accepted a positon on the SNAP board of directors in 2016. She is also a leader in Equal Rights Washington, which fights for the rights of LGBTQ citizens.
Mary is the recipient of the National Distinguished Principal Award for her work with schools, families and children and can be found in Who’s Who in American Women – 2006, 2007. A popular speaker, she has appeared on KUOW in the feature, “The Gift of Secrecy.” Mary is the author of Out on the Streets and Our Families Our Children, published by the Safe Schools Coalition.
Mary’s memoir, SPLIT: a child, a priest and the Catholic Church, chronicles her own abuse, her years as a nun and her search for healing from trauma and shame.
As part of that healing, Mary spent time working in health clinics in Africa. She fell in love with the land and its people, who became subjects for her art.
An accomplished painter and photographer, Mary sells her art as a way of supporting the Tanzanian anti-malaria project Nets for Babies. You can purchase works by Mary and help this life saving effort at ARTFrees.com.
You can learn more about Mary’s activism and opinion on the Mary in the Media page. Keep up with developments in the fight against abuse, find out what Mary’s doing and share your own opinions and stories about abuse by subscribing to updates from her blog.