By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Sep 25, 2017
Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has died. She was 61.
The organization known as SNAP announced on its Facebook page that Blaine died Sunday following a recent cardiac event.
In a statement, SNAP managing director Barbara Dorris praised Blaine’s work with victims of clergy sexual abuse.
“Few people have done more to protect kids and help victims than Barbara Blaine,” Dorris said. “Her contributions to a safer society would be hard to overstate.”
Blaine founded SNAP in 1988, years after she was abused as an 8th grader by a Toledo, Ohio, priest who taught at the Catholic school she attended, according to the organization’s website. Her pleas for help to Toledo’s bishop were ignored. The first SNAP meeting of victims was held at a Chicago hotel.
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