Barbara Blaine, founder of group for clergy abuse victims, dies at 61


By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Barbara Blaine, who founded the ‘Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests’ and led the organization until earlier this year, died on Sunday at age 61 in Utah, her family and the organization said.

Blaine suffered a spontaneous coronary artery dissection last Monday, her family said in a statement. The rare occurrence involves a tear in one or more blood vessels of the heart.

She died on Sunday with her husband, Howard, and her sisters at her side, the family statement said.

The organization she founded in 1988 is a leading advocacy and support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy. It has thousands of members and works to help people from a range of faith traditions.

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