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Together We Heal is for any who suffer from the trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse. We are here to provide a safe forum for survivors of abuse to share, learn and heal, give direction to those seeking guidance and to expose sexual predators for what they are and their methods of getting into our lives.

SNAP News Conference in Fort Myers Florida

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Barbara Blaine and I had a SNAP news conference this week helping to make the people in Fort Myers aware of a sexual predator priest. We requested that the local Bishop help prosecute this admitted child molester…as of yet no response worthy of justice for this victim. But as David Clohessy tells us, anytime we are able to get the message out, it’s a success. We will never waiver in our efforts to protect children from these sexual predators.

If you live in the Fort Myers area, please let the church officials at St. Francis Xavier know you are not satisfied with their inaction to prosecute and ineffective leadership. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children, and together we can help protect the children if this parish leadership fails to do so.

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In 2006 David took the first step in acknowledging the sexual abuse that was perpetrated against him from the ages of 12 to 15. During those 3 years, the foundation his family had worked so hard to build within him was destroyed by one man, his youth minister. The result was his heart, mind and faith were lost. After having kept this secret for more than 25 years, he was finally able to reveal to his family and friends the reason behind the addiction and self-destruction that at times had him incarcerated, eventually left him destitute and nearly ended his life. Fortunately he was blessed with amazing friends and a loving family who helped him get the help and therapy he so desperately needed. He was finally able to get clean from the grip of addiction and face the demon of sexual abuse that had clouded his life for so long. Now he and his wife work to aid their fellow survivors through the non-profit they created, Together We Heal. The mission of Together We Heal is to provide guidance for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, educating parents and all adults through public speaking on matters concerning Childhood Sexual Abuse and giving a safe forum for victims of abuse to share, learn and heal. "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss Follow us on Twitter @Together_WeHeal "Like" us on Facebook - Visit our website -

One thought on “SNAP News Conference in Fort Myers Florida

  1. Great job of getting the word out about a dangerous person in a position of power and authority who needs to be prosecuted. Barb and Dave are tireless advocates who I have immense respect for, and who have opened-up the conversation about abuse in ways that I only dreamed possible 30 years ago when I began speaking out. They are brilliant strategists, who are as focused as lasers on the most important issue facing us — protecting children.

    This could also be yet another instance where a local prosecutor is not acting due to the status of the accused. Too often we see public officials and citizens with prominence go free due to their status. I would pressure the local prosecutor to act, as they have the power to go over the heads of church officials to see that justice is done, and children are protected. If prosecutors and other law-enforcmement would stop looking at which way the political winds are blowing, and do their jobs, more of these cases would be prosecuted and more pedophiles would serve prison-time.

    I actually had to sit through a therapy session once where I listened to the “trauma specialist” tell me that “priests don’t do well in prison” and that they belong in these country club “treatment centers” that the Church has built to serve their own. She also remarked that she thought that “incest offenders should do at least a little jail time” — this is a woman who did court evaluations for one of my local jurisdictions. If we are going to see true change, we must work at all levels of the criminal justice machine to see that these people are truly “trauma-informed” and that they understand that “incest-offenders” are the worst of the worst who will not only abuse children within their own home, but they will frequently go after any vulnerable child. Incest has frequently been viewed as the less serious form of abuse, and only recently have some prosecutors more aggressively prosecuted these horrific crimes. And then there is the issue of local prosecutors who are of a certain faith who will not pursue these cases as to not upset their own parishes. This is no different than the prosecutors who tanked my cop/father/rapist’s case because he was one of their own, and they didn’t want to expose his crimes to a community who would have been outraged.

    Not prosecuting these pedophiles is the easy way out. Who among them has the courage to take this case?

    Good work, everyone. It does not go unappreciated and unnoticed by me and many like me.


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