Vicki Polin writes:
Congratulation to Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, Barbara Dorris and ALL members of SNAP!!
All day when I turned on the television or radio there were news blubs talking about Pope Benedict XVI visit in the US. What I think is extremely important was the fact that whenever the news media mentioned the Pope's visit the next statement had to do with the topic of child sexual abuse. I kept thinking what a major accomplishment this was. There's a lot more work to be done, yet we all need to thank and honor Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, Barbara Dorris and all the other members of SNAP. This small group of people has made the Catholic world aware of the topic of clergy sexual abuse. Without their efforts The Awareness Center would not have been able to do the work we have been doing, let alone many other sexual violence survivor advocacy groups.
I'm still amazed at the fact that each time the news media mentions the Pope's visit, they always mention sexual abuse and the cover-ups.
My hope is that before Pope Benedict XVI leaves he will sit down with Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy and Barbara Dorris and come up with a plan in how changes will be implemented to keep children safe, insure that all offending priests, nuns and other members of the church will be prosecuted for their crimes, all books and records will be turned over for discovery and that all survivors abused by members of the Catholic church will receive at least 1.2 million dollars without having to file a civiil suit.
Barb, Barb and David thank you so much for the work you've been doing!
Vicki Polin, MA, NCC, LCPC, ATR-BC
Founder, Executive Director -The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209