Thank you for joining the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in recognizing the 2nd annual “All Survivors Day” on Sunday, November 3. Three separate speak-outs were held across the state in celebration of justice and the strength of those who have survived sexual violence, either as children or as adults.
“I’ve been suffering for a long time. My abuse was at home, but also when I went to report it to a priest, he took advantage of the situation. I had totally forgotten parts of my childhood – I didn’t know what had happened to me. I had years of hopelessness, depression – no one was able to diagnose me. No one within my own church cared about me. It didn’t matter then; it didn’t seem to matter now. I needed to be believed, so I reached out to SNAP.” ~ Catherine, of Enfield
“Being a survivor myself, I hear from lots of survivors and there are a lot of survivors out there that need a tremendous amount of support. This is for survivors to understand that you are not alone. Until I dealt with my own abuse it was hard to move my life forward. That’s why we’re here.” ~ Beth McCabe, who joined SNAP in 2002 and now serves as the organization’s co-leader
“I’m here today to support survivors.” ~ an ally