AAWA (Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses) and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) have agreed to cooperate in their efforts to educate the public about church related child abuse. This was announced by “Danmera Dinglebum,” an AAWA advisory board member and longtime ex-JW activist in a YouTube video.
SNAP (http://www.snapnetwork.org/) has been successful on several levels in making the public aware of the Catholic Church’s failure to weed out pedophiles among its clergy. The SNAP organization has become a thorn in the side of the Catholic Church as it not only reveals the church’s sins and crimes, but also provides support to those injured due to the church’s protection of pedophiles.
AAWA (http://aawa.co) is a relatively new group formed early in 2013 and publicly announced in April. Although very new and still going through some growing pains, AAWA has supporters literally around the world and over 250 volunteers. It’s website provides handouts, videos, and other materials that can be used to publicize its efforts and positions.
AAWA, like SNAP, also provides support to victims of child abuse and others damaged by religious based policies and practices. Instead of the huge Catholic Church, AAWA focuses its attention on the Watchtower Society, the parent organization of the “Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Although a very small and almost insignificant religion when compared to the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a surprising number of child abuse victims. New cases are coming to light almost every week in all parts of the world. Like the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses have actually protected child abusers within their ranks – promoting some of these criminals to higher positions within their organization.
Thanks to SNAP and AAWA the world is finding out the truth about church related child abuse. The two organizations have very similar goals. By joining forces through the use of their publications, protests, and media relationships, they hope to make an even bigger impact.
AAWA Board Member outlines future relationship with SNAP…