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BREAK THE SILENCE 

If you have been sexually abused, witnessed or suspected  someone has been sexually abused by clergy, please contact law enforcement authorities.  If you need support or help, contact us at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP]

SNAP Pittsburgh Area Leaders  

Midwest Associate Director - Judy Block Jones ......... telephone:  636-433-2511;  SNAPJudy@gmail.com

Pittsburgh Area Leader - Fran Samber ....................telephone:  717-514-9660;  samber13431@comcast.net


SNAP Support Group Meetings

We welcome you to the Pittsburgh Chapter SNAP meetings! We hope you will find the comfort, help and friendship we have been privileged to enjoy.  SNAP is a grass-roots organization made up wholly of survivors and their support people. We were sexually abused, most of us as children, by clergy.  Survivors seek healing and empowerment and find it by joining with other survivors. The only requirement for membership is that of being a survivor or support person.

As a result of the abuse, some survivors have chosen to have no association with any church. Some among us have become members of other faiths, while some have stayed active, to various degrees, within their church. There are priests and sisters and other clergypersons among us who are themselves survivors. The clergy members, among the SNAP membership, attend as survivors only, and not in their role of representatives of their church. In the SNAP meeting, we are all peers. SNAP members shed any professional roles and titles when they enter these rooms.

The SNAP organization has a threefold purpose: 1) to provide self-help support to survivors; 2) to share resources and information among survivors; 3) to organize for political action to challenge the institutional Catholic Church and other religious organizations to better deal with the problem of its priests' and clergies' sexual misconduct. You may join for one, two of all three purposes. There are many opportunities within SNAP but no requirements. Sometimes healing comes simply from listening. It is up to the individual how she or he wishes to participate.

SNAP members share their experiences without judging those of others. SNAP meetings and attendance are confidential. Everything that is said in the meeting and member-to-member, must be held in the strictest confidence. Only in this way, can we feel safe to discuss what is in our minds and hearts. 


Pittsburgh Area Chapter Meetings:

Scheduled meetings to date:

DATE/TIME/PLACE:   Contact SNAP Pittsburgh Area Leaders

**For information or questions contact SNAP Midwest Associate Director.**


Alternate Choice Meetings:

Youngstown Area Chapter Meetings:

Scheduled meetings to date:

**For information or questions contact: Youngstown Area Leader - Jerry Arnal

    telephone;  330-718-6226;  jerryarnal@yahoo.com**




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