Local, Regional SNAP Meetings Begin
By Pat Kinney
Courier [Hudson IA]
Downloaded April 10, 2004
HUDSON --- The Northeast Iowa Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will meet the first Monday of every month beginning May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hudson Public Library in Hudson.
SNAP is a volunteer self-help organization of survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their supporters.
The organization strives to end the cycle of abuse by supporting one another in personal healing, and by pursuing justice and institutional change by holding individual perpetrators responsible and the church accountable.
According to organizer Steve Theisen, the support meetings will be a safe place for victims, their families, and their supporters to meet. Because the meetings are to be a safe place, no media or religious personnel will be allowed to attend unless they themselves have suffered the indignity and pain of religious sexual abuse.
The Northeast Iowa Chapter of SNAP also will meet on the third Monday of every month beginning April 19 at the Dubuque Area Lifetime Center, 3505 Stoneman Road, Dubuque from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Meetings also will be held in Mason City on the third Monday of every month beginning May 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at a site yet to be determined.
For further information, victim-survivors and their families may contact Steve Theisen at (319) 231-1663 or Heather Smith at (319) 236-8147. The organization also has an Internet site, http://www.snapnetwork.org
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