Anger as Catholic website shares name of abuse survivors’ site

The Age

October 30, 2012

Barney Zwartz

IN WHAT victims of clergy sex abuse fear is a deliberate slight or something more sinister, the Salesian Catholic religious order is running a website with the same name as the world’s biggest group of clergy abuse survivors.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, plans to ask the Salesians to change the name of their Salesian News Australia Pacific, also SNAP.

SNAP Australia co-leader Mark Fabbro said yesterday that the victims’ group, which has 12,000 members worldwide and was set up in the late 1980s, saw it as an attempt to make it hard for people reaching out for help to find the SNAP support website. ”We don’t want victims ending on the Salesian website when they need support,” he said.

But, last night, the Australia-Pacific head of the Salesians said the order intended no affront and would consider changing the website title to avoid confusion.

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