Today is the national day to end sexual violence. Several groups at the University of Massachusetts are marking the day with a talk by a member of the class of 1975. Phil Saviano is the founder of the New England chapter of SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. Saviano was 12 years old and living in a Worcester suburb when he was sexually abused by the priest at his church. That abuse continued for over a year. Saviano didn’t talk about it with anyone, until he turned 40, and he read a news article about a former Massachusetts priest who was convicted of sexually abusing children in New Mexico. It was the same priest who had abused him.
Phil Saviano speaks this evening at 7:00 pm in the campus center of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.