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Silence is not an option anymore, way too many kids have been sexually abused and the abuse if not getting stopped by the church officials.
Hopefully many will attend this roundtable discussion and get educated, sex abuse of kids needs to be talked about more often, The stigma needs to be lifted.
And hopefully all, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Hannibal, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating sex crimes against kids.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
What are we supposed to be "educated" about, Judy? Child raping is not good? As a victim, I know that. I'm not silent Judy. Unlike SNAP I don't tell people to first go to the police then go to some meeting, where someone other than victims or those present decide how victims should "behave". SNAP does that Judy why? Why should victims follow SNAP and leaflet? Where is it written that that's a great idea and should be done, Judy? Maybe since you are not a victim, you don't know.
I support any tactic that brings therapy and compensation to the raped FIRST. Anything else is obfuscation. And SNAP knows plenty about that.
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