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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Clergy sexual abuse survivors: Protect yourselves and stay strong during Pope’s visit

David O’Regan
Worcester-Boston Director and Survivor
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sexual abuse survivors: Protect yourselves and stay strong during Pope’s visit

Survivors!
We speak our truths, and together have caused a crack in the denial dam known as the” Catholic Church Worldwide Sexual Abuse Crisis.” Survivors please keep yourselves safe and stay strong this coming week as the media will be bombarding us with images of adoration and love for the pope who will be visiting Cuba, and America.

We know better, we have our truths at our side, and are not deceived by the pope’s public relations spin to avoid accountability and responsibility by minimizing the global sexual abuse crisis by voicing concern for the environment.

Whether we like it or not, the pope is here. I know to protect myself: I will be avoiding the News on television, and will follow it at my own pace with the newspaper, or online -- putting it down when I’ve had enough.  Develop your own strategy, and keep yourself safe.

Survivors let’s be there for each other and support one another. New survivors will emerge as his visit will trigger painful memories that have been suppressed, and they will be looking to us, in need of our help.

So this coming week, I will be thinking of my abuse family, as well as sending out positive vibrations to be strong to every abuse survivor or family member to find new courage, to keep proclaiming our TRUTHS, to crash open the floodgates, and destroy the dam of denial and corruption in the Catholic Church. That will begin to keep children safe.

Be safe my friends.

David O’Regan
Worcester-Boston Director and Survivor
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)


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