On July 24th (2013) I head off to Washington, DC to attend the SNAP Annual Conference. SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests founded in 1988, is the oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP’s mission is to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth. As a area rep of SNAP for Seattle/Washington, I will enjoy sharing what’s going on here and learning about projects for helping survivors from around the world.
This year I have a couple of additional things to look forward to. Number one – I’ll have a few copies of my book to share, and second, I’ll be spending a bit of time with Michael D’Antonio, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal.
Michael has been a wonderful support for me as I worked on SPLIT and was kind enough to write the foreword for the book.
An investigative journalist, Michael comes at the subject of priest abuse from the expose angle. He’s very much interested in holding the church accountable for the sins of the fathers. Though my story includes elements of that, my main focus is more on healing and going on with life. Though we come at the subject differently, we’re definitely on the same team – the SNAP team.
I look forward to meeting and working with Michael and all the other SNAP leaders and coming back home to my region with new ideas and inspiration for the coming year. For information about SNAP go to SNAPnetwork.org.