SNAP, the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, is a self-help support group with more than 12,000 members worldwide, Despite the term “priest” in our title, we are meeting the needs of members who were violated by religious figures of all denominations and institutions. This includes nuns, bishops, rabbis, Proestant ministers, athletic coaches, Boy Scout leaders, etc.
Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. For more information, take a look at the SNAP website, SNAPnetwork.org
What is self-help?
Essentially, self-help groups are a place where people can get together and share experiences and find healing through support and solidarity. Everyone can benefit from the support of others or learn from hearing another’s story. Talking with others who have dealt with the similar issue can give you helpful new insights, help you learn new coping skills, and give you much-needed emotional support.
The foundation of a self-help support group is to provide mutual aid and support for those who share a similar concern or experience. Support groups help to enhance you runderstanding of and ability to deal with stressful life situations that are often out of your personal control. People who attend support group meetings often say they no longer feel so alone. Many also report that they value the positive support and affirmation they receive from the group.
SNAP support group meetings are confidential and open to survivors and their supporters. In these meetings, individuals come together and share experiences. Through these interactions, they learn they are not alone, and find encouragement and healing.