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February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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When my husband came across THOS on the internet, it was the starting point for my healing from clergy sexual misconduct. The counseling I received from THOS helped quiet the shaming voices that were telling me that it was all my fault. I was able to unburden myself in a safe environment, receive education on CSA/CSM, and have hope that tomorrow will be a better day. With the Lord's help, THOS saved my sanity - and my marriage.

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THOS provided the education on CSA/CSM that I needed to understand that what happened to me was not my fault.

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THOS should reach out to our nation's military bases.

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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Even though I knew in my heart that other woman where involved with my pastor, I didn't realize fully the extent and number of pastors that lead woman into illicit relationships. The Hope of Survivors web site information educated me. For whatever reason, I found it difficult to see the evilness in my pastor's attentions. I wanted to believe the best of him. The Hope of Survivors counsel via Samantha allowed me to see that what happened was Pastoral Sexual Misconduct. I'd thought of it as an emotional affair. Now I realize that not only did my pastor neglect to set professional boundaries, he also carefully and secretly crafted, at the church no less, opportunities to seduce me into a sexual relationship with him. His colleagues and wife covered for his sometimes blatant come-ons toward me.
When I complained to the conference officials my report did nothing. The pastor was believed and I was not, because I hadn't collected enough evidence to substantiate my complaint. THOS has provided support to me when no one else would. After dealing with the one pastor who manipulated me, I've met other church leaders that behave in a similar controlling manner. Most recently at a church school where I worked, I endured sexual harassment and discrimination. My only place to turn has been THOS. Anywhere else I was sure to be seen as unstable. Needless to say, my health has been negatively affected by these experiences. The on going ministry of THOS encourages me. I believe the Holy Spirit is using the ministry of THOS to not only help victims, but also to bring change in the church by their presence at General Conference meetings, television appearances, and their dedication to help and educate about this problem. A problem that has been in the church far to long.

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my family and professional life.

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provide funds to expand the ministry.

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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I was worried at first about trusting the people at "The Hope of Survivors" with my story of clergy sexual misconduct. What if they didn't believe me? What if they didn't keep my information confidential? Worst of all, what if they didn't understand? Well, I was amazed at how they did understand. They understood more than anyone else, and they helped guide me through the difficult process of bringing a complaint and eventually telling my husband what happened. What's more, they shared the truth God's love for me when I most needed to be reminded of it. I have never been helped by any organization as much as I was by this one. If not for them, I would not have come through this as well as I did.

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helping me overcome the spiritual, emotional and interpersonal effects of clergy sexual misconduct.

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I would like to see them receive more funding from churches and NGO's.

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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The need for reform in the clergy abuse field is shown in the fact that The Hope of Suvivors has gone international in such a short time. We have all known for a long time that an intervention to help these victims move on with their lives is so important. THOS helps the victims regain their self respect and their lives. Hopefully I will never need their services....but, for those that need to obtain council for clergy abuse, we can only pray they find THOS. Finding them will be helped by grants and donations that allow them to send out information and for seminars.....this is a chairity that helps abused victims everyday.
Freda

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I have not personally experienced the results of this organization. But, I can see the need.....it is in the news everyday. And they talk about revenge....THOS talks about healing.

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They need to find a steady means of support. The income is so scattered, the founders are always taking money out of pocket to help the charity along.

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

After it was exposed that my Pastor was in MANY abusive relationships and I was only ONE who suffered, Hope of Survivors was a rare gem that guided me, encouraged me, admitted with me, and informed me.
SO MANY expressed hopelessness..... "why would you tell this?" (to stop the abuse) and "what
do you hope to accomplish?" (stop the abuse) "How could you HURT his reputation?" (to stop his sickness and stop his abuse) ... Thank you HOPE for Survivors for restoring HOPE!

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they have organized resources and helpful information after devastation of lives and tremendous support that is needed

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wish they could be MORE able to help MORE!

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
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I have attended many conventions in which The Hope of Survivors have set their booth up, it is amazing how many hurting people out there who have experienced some type of private abuse issue in the past and have no one to share with. THOS turns nobody away. It is a powerful ministry.

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February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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Samantha and Steve were there for my fiance' and his family when he couldn't find anyone else to understand the devastation and resulting destruction of his family unit following the manipulation, grooming and betrayal of their trusted pastor. Samantha's emails enlightened him and enabled him to see that he wasn't alone in the despair that he felt. Steve counseled him and got him to understand the importance of forgiveness. The Hope of Survivors came to be at the same time my fiance' was looking for someone to help him through his crisis. Was it divine intervention? We think so!

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I was there through the whole process and communicated with Samantha by email. She always responded with encouragement and understanding.

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I think the organization is doing a fantastic job. I wouldn't change a thing, except shower them with the funds that they need to expand their ministry.

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Life-changing

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2007

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
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I am very thankful for the services that Hope for Survivors is providing. It has been encouraging to me in my personal abuse situation. Sexual abuse by clergy is a serious problem. Usually the victims are told to be quiet or something bad will be done to them. I personally have had that situation. Many religious organizations don't want to admit any of their clergy have a problem nor will they deal with it. Hope for Survivors has been and encouraging program to me for the last three years. Thank you so much.

This can be use for the campaign for money, but not my email address.

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I have personally esperienced the results of Hope for Survivors in my personal life.

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I wish they had more money to be able to help more people.

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
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I will never forget the help Samantha and Steve gave me during my times of trouble with our church. They are a Godsend and I pray they will always be able to continue with their ministry. It is very important and I can't stress enough how much they were of service to me. I don't think I would have made it without their many calls. I was on the phone with them for days it seems and I was able to go on with my life after my experience with my pastor. They helped me to realize that he was not the "good person" I claimed him to be and that an experience with a pastor is not an affair but pastoral abuse. Please consider them for this grant.

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so many ways as they gave of their time to me unselfishly.

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want them to be available in every large city and maybe a hotline for help.

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