Coming Up on Oprah 11/5 & 11/12: Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

A couple of weeks ago, Tim Fischer, a clergy abuse survivor who writes about his experience on his blog, “It’s about me,” was invited to participate in the taping of an Oprah show. He was one of 200 men, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse, involved in this production, which will also feature Tyler Perry. …

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David Clohessy Responds to the Pope’s Latest Apology

The following is an article by David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), published on the CNN Belief Blog on June 14, 2010. In the article, Clohessy responds to the Pope’s most recent apology about the clergy sex abuse scandal and offers suggestions for action and reform. As Clohessy …

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Clergy Abuse Lawyer Victim of Sex Abuse, Therapist Abuse

I just read an extraordinary article about Eric MacLeish, the lead attorney for the clergy sex abuse scandal at the Archdiocese of Boston. After being part of the successful lawsuit against the diocese and helping to win an $85 million settlement for abuse victims, MacLeish began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as memories of …

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Silence Is Not the Answer

Recently I came across an article about Sogyal Rinpoche, the renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author of the classic The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. The article, published on the website Dialogue Ireland, dealt with Sogyal’s alleged sexual misconduct with students and devotees and some of the media responses to the stories of abuse. …

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SNAP News Conference – Pastor-Therapist Sued for Exploitation

SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is holding a sidewalk news conference in Hollywood today regarding Jack Michael Loo, a Presbyterian pastor and therapist who allegedly manipulated and exploited a female patient and congregant for many years. Loo is being sued for exploitation and faces charges of clergy sexual misconduct. The victim, …

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SNAP News Event in San Francisco

Members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) held a media event this past Wednesday in San Francisco. Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s National Outreach Director, has been traveling around the country doing events in various cities around the U.S. This particular event concerned Fr. Jose Superiaso, who pled guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old …

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New Study on Clergy Sexual Misconduct

SNAP issued a press statement today regarding a study from Baylor University on sexual abuse by faith leaders. I find many similarities between clergy/spiritual abuse and therapist abuse, particularly in my case, where there was a strong spiritual component in my therapy with Dr. T. I have a great deal of appreciation for the efforts …

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The SNAP Experience

After posting the Angela Shelton trailer, I found out that she was a speaker at the SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) National Conference. You can download a copy of the SNAP 2009 Conference program through my Articles & Publications page. The program has notes on the speakers and includes some great resources. …

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