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New York, NY 10150

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Survivor Support Committee

   

This crisis has caused deep anguish, first for the survivors, their families and loved ones, and for those of us who are a members of the church which victimized them. VOTF supports the healing of survivors of abuse through legal, financial, spiritual and emotional means. We seek the education of children to protect them from abuse under any guise. We reach out to them and seek their healing and peace.

People have asked, "What can I do?" Each person can make a difference in large and small ways. Our action group has participated in outreach to survivor advocacy groups. We are performing research for survivor referrals and work closely with survivor organizations.

Do you understand the life long ramifications of Sexual Abuse?
"The Experience of the Victim of Sexual Abuse:" A Reflection by Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Ph.D. at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 14, 2002.

 

Recent Survivor Support Action steps taken:

  • Manhattan Eastside and Westside VOTF affiliates donated the first years annual rent for SNAP’S monthly support meeting at Identity House.
  • Participated in leafleting parishes where zero tolerance is not being observed.
  • Attended Lobby day in Albany on April 20th. Met with members of congress and senate to lobby for survivor support.
  • Researched Catholic Libraries to document available resources (including the Official Catholic Directory) and their accessibility for survivors.

Current Issues:

Future plans:

  • Attend a yearlong series of City Council hearings on issues of sexual assault.
  • Combine efforts with other VOTF affiliates and other survivor support organizations, to maximize our impact.
  • Continue to reach out to Survivor organizations and offer support.
  • Contact Victim Assistance Coordinators of the Archdiocese

Important Links:



Ways of showing support:

Legal: Lobby for Legislative Changes to support the survivors

  • Extend statute of limitations for criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits over child sex abuse.

Financial

  • Sponsor survivors at important conferences where their voices need to be heard.
  • Purchase your books through the SNAP website, proceeds benefit SNAP.
  • SNAP has been certified as an eligible charity through the Combined Federal Campaign. If you are a federal employee you can select SNAP as a designated charity and contribute to their important work through every paycheck. Please call or e-mail David Cerulli with questions. David's phone # is 917-757-1791, his e-mail address is snapnyc@rcn.com.

Spiritual

  • Publicly and privately pray for the survivors.
  • Sponsor Retreats for survivors.

Emotional

  • Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper – This is a great way to reach out to survivors in the general public. After reading an article about clergy abuse, write a letter to the editor in support of survivors; let them know that you are on their side.
  • Tell Survivors about the monthly Manhattan SNAP Survivor support meetings at Identity House, 39 W. 14th Street, Suite 205 (btw. 5th & 6th Avenues, closer to 6th) Call David Cerulli at (917) 757-1791.

Education - Prevention

  • Educate children so that they can protect themselves from predators under any guise.
  • Participate in the SAFE environment program in your diocese.
 
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