International All Survivors Day is held for all victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence partners with the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to honor this day, hosting speak-outs and events across the state.
On All Survivors Day, we celebrate the strength of those who have survived sexual violence, either as children or as adults. We will keep fighting for justice.
In Their Words
“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