Press Release

First ever global conference on issues of child sexual abuse and institutional abuse

Venue:Camden Court Hotel, Camden St, Dublin 2, Ireland

When: Friday April 26th-Sunday April 28th 2013

Friday 1pm-5pm            7.30pm Performance (James X)

Sat 9.30am-5pm

Sun 9.30am-12noon

This conference, organised by Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests,(SNAP) will be opened by Colm O’Gorman (CEO Amnesty International Ireland) who will give the keynote address. Other prominent contributors include Maeve Lewis (One In Four), Mari T. Steed (Justice for Magdalenes), Fr. Tom Doyle (Dominican Priest), Pam Spees (attorney at Centre for Constitutional Rights, New York), Juan Carlos Cruz (Campaigner,Chile), Pat Wall (Canon Lawyer) Paddy Doyle (author/campaigner), Marie Collins (campaigner), Jeff Anderson (Lawyer, NY), Sandrau Fernau (Sociologist at Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony) Bruce Arnold (author and senior political correspondent, Irish Independent), Patsy Mc Garry (chief religious affairs correspondent, Irish Times), Marco Politi (Papal biographer), Bishopaccountability.org

Abuse thrives in secrecy and silence; this event offers an opportunity to speak of it.  The global phenomenon of child sexual and institutionalised abuse doesn’t just do damage to individuals, it does damage to every society in which it is allowed to happen – it makes guilty bystanders of us all. The conference will examine issues of accountability, justice and best practice for the protection and welfare of children and vulnerable adults and present an opportunity for those involved to meet and exchange ideas, concerns and advancements.

The three-day conference includes plenary sessions and smaller breakout sessions.

Registration for the conference is currently €65 for the weekend for those who have experienced abuse and their relatives and for €150 professionals and organisations.

Register here: http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_international_conference

Those who wish to attend and have difficulty with the fees please email bblaine@snapnetwork.org

For further information and registration please see: http://www.snapnetwork.org/

Irish Contact: Cllr Mannix Flynn 087 2246664  mannix.flynn@dublincity.ie

Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, +1 312 399 4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org

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