Some 300 survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters are meeting this weekend in Chicago for a national conference sponsored by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
The names on the conference schedule are familiar to Catholics who have been following the sex abuse crisis: Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP; David Clohessy, SNAP's executive director; victims' attorney Jeff Anderson; Justice Anne Burke of Illinois, who served on the bishops' National Review Board; and Father Tom Doyle, one of the few priests to publicly support victims throughout the scandal.
But there are lots of other speakers and panelists whose names you may not recognize. This weekend they will tell their stories of abuse by clergy, nuns, bishops or seminarians--abuse that was followed by the equally or even more painful treatment by church authorities when they reported their abuse or sought justice.
I will be there all weekend and reporting on the "NCR Today" blog.