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April 19, 2014
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April 25, 2013

After my relationship with my pastor had gone from professional to personal I came across THOS website. The things I read on there were so helpful I can not begin to describe it. The things I read wer... more

April 19, 2014
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From victim to volunteer! People from all over the world are having to turn to this vital organisation for help, because there is so little support for them locally. The Hope of Survivors is the only understanding and hope offered for some victims. We will never know how many people are not victims because of the work they do in educating Churches. I look forward to being a small part of making THOS known about and helping victims all over the world.

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 25, 2013
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After my relationship with my pastor had gone from professional to personal I came across THOS website. The things I read on there were so helpful I can not begin to describe it. The things I read were so accurate and after reading them I was able to really absorb what was happening to me. I was able to show the site to close friends, then my husband and my church leaders. I am in no doubt that without the help of THOS I would never have exposed what was happening to me, my husband would have struggled to gain any understanding and my friends would not have had enough knowledge to support me and my family. A predator has been removed from ministry largely because of the work of THOS. The work they do is absolutely critical and there are so few organisations out there in the world that can really help like they have myself and so many others. I am in the UK and still they were able to reach out to me from the USA.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

March 24, 2014
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March 24, 2014
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When I emailed the co-founder of The Hope of Survivors, she called me and prayed with me and listened to my story. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a pastor. I found the HOPE of SURVIVORS website when I was doing research for my screenplay about a survivor of clergy abuse and I am so grateful for the helpful articles, videos and booklets The Hope of Survivors provide on their website. I look forward to attending their retreat in Iowa and working with them to help survivors of clergy abuse around the world.
March 21, 2014
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1 previous review
February 6, 2011

During a recent search for a support group for women who were involved in a pastoral 'affair,' I found The Hope of Survivors. The information, support, and encouragement they offer brought me hope an... more

March 21, 2014
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The Hope of Survivors (THOS) offers a wealth of information on Clergy Sexual Abuse that provides hope, healing, and support to all victims. Their goal is to inform the church that a relationship between clergy and a congregant is NOT an affair; it is abuse. This truth brings much healing to those abused by their church leaders. THOS has been instrumental in my healing process and has given me strength to become a volunteer and to help others understand the dangers and dynamics of CSA. If every church leader and member became more aware of CSA, prevention would follow. THOS is vital to reaching this goal.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 6, 2011

During a recent search for a support group for women who were involved in a pastoral 'affair,' I found The Hope of Survivors. The information, support, and encouragement they offer brought me hope and healing. I learned the truth about the imbalance of power and although I was responsible for my actions, the greater responsibility falls on the pastor/shepherd whose role is to guide, protect, and help his flock. I was able to read numerous survivor stories that were all too familiar with my own and found hope from those who overcame the damaging effects of being abused. THOS is a safe place to communicate with other survivors in a world that does not yet understand the dynamics of pastoral abuse. THOS is a voice for those silenced by shame. THOS is a refuge of healing for the wounded soul. THOS offers hope to victims and their families who have been pursued, used, and abused by men whose responsibility is to protect.

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receiving information and support (articles, personal stories, DVD, one-on-one counsel via email) on the dynamics and truth of pastoral abuse.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to increase funding to promote to a wider audience.

April 5, 2013
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April 5, 2013
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As a member of the clergy when I first heard about this ministry was skeptical. It felt like they were out to damage the reputation of clergy. After many conversations with Steve Nelson i finally decided to give the ministry a chance. When they were working on translating information about the ministry in spanish I volunteer to help. Through this experience I learned about their story, what let tgem to engage in this ministry and the journey of healing that GOD had let them through before thy were in a place where they can help any other victim of clergy abuse. It was as I learned their stoy and joirney and eard from people that the ministry had helped that I became convinced that GOD is leading their ministry and enabling it to be a source of hope, peace, and companion on a joirney back to GOD to victims of clergy abuse.

Pr. José L. Medina Jr.

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2012

November 6, 2012
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November 6, 2012
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Having been sexually abused by my youth pastor at age 16 and waiting over thirty years to finally confront him for his actions against me, it was The Hope of Surviors who was able to help me to continue in my journey of healing. Having been sexually abused by someone you have such trust and in a place where one should feel the safest, the church leaves a hurt and confusion so profound finding one's way back seems impossible. It was through the Hope of Surviors I found understanding and support to guide me and allow healing to begin. The Hope of Surviors is exactly as they describe themselves...."A ministry of compassion, support, hope and encouragement."

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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I first contacted The Hope of Survivors when I was supporting a friend who had been abused at our local church. This organisation provided me with support and education to cope with what was happening at our local church. The help was invaluable and help that could not be found elsewhere as their resources are so specific to this problem. After time I joined the organisation as a volunteer to share the hope and support that I had been given with others.

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healing from the devestation that sexaul abuse in churches brings.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure that they had all the resouces they needed to expand their work.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

When I first stumbled across The Hope of Survivors, I was looking for a translation job English to German. I had no idea about the amount of clergy sexual abuse before. As I read about an estimated number of some ten thousand cases in the US alone, I imagined a huge map of the United States and ten thousands of needles covering it. In my mind, I could not see even a little town in which no needle was stucking. It was this picture of broken souls and lifes which reinforced my decision to do my job voluntarily.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning the responses of German Ministries.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek for some German speaking volunteer to assist in the telephone hotline.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

When I first heard about the Hope of Survivors I couldn't believe my eyes! Finaly somebody cared about these situations!
As a victim of abuse for a very long time in my life I told myselve: God is sooooo good and finaly somebody dared to do something for the victims of abuse. But what is more
specific for this precious organisation is the fact that it deals with a very dangerous and subtle kind of abuse, the clergy abuse. This should never had happen under the sun!
I had the honour to edit the book written by Samatha Nelson for the edition in the Romanian language. Romania is a country which bears the consequencies of the communiste regime which meant abuse in all corners of life, including the church. Even today, after 20 years of communisme, nobody dares to speak up about his/her suferings. It was a victory that this book could be translated and be distributed in Romania. Many people, victims of abuse or friends of these victims welcame with all their heart this precious book.
I am praying day and night for the difficult work that Samantha Nelson, her husband and their team are doing for poor people who are so confused when in trouble with abuse. May the Lord have pitty of everybody !

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My own life. The matereials provided by this organization helped me to heal after all the abuse I went through in my life.

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For the moment I do not see the necessity of any change ...

November 4, 2012

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1 previous review
February 23, 2011

It was good to have available professional help with the situations people face when they become victims of the clergy sexual or emotional abuse. I know few people that were glad to find Hope of Survi... more

November 4, 2012

I appreciate "Hope for Survivors" for covering a special territory that has to do with human dignity. Setting no geographical, social, cultural or denominational limits, makes this ministry even more powerful. The healing process in the life of those who experienced abuses from the spiritual leaders, is not an easy one and ministries like "Hope of Survivors"are needed to bring hope in the life of the victims. Please, continue to ministry for those in need.

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Life-changing

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February 23, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

It was good to have available professional help with the situations people face when they become victims of the clergy sexual or emotional abuse.
I know few people that were glad to find Hope of Survivors organization and to receive the appropriate help for their specifically needs.
Unfortunately there are not many organization offering a trusting and holistic type of help like Hope of Survivors does. I hope that others will copy their example.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Promoting their ministry into the society.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open a TV channel with their ministry.

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

The Hope of Survivors has been a tremendous support and help to me personally when I experienced the trauma of clergy sexual abuse. The hope and healing they provide is invaluable. I am now a victim support volunteer who works with THOS reaching out to victims of all denominations, in many different countries, who are also going through CSA. It is very important to have an organization such as THOS that is so readily available to women, men and teens who have no other place to turn to. They offer hours of free counselling to hundreds and no one is ever turned away. Since the founders of The Hope of Survivors, as well as many of the volunteers, have personally experienced the devastation of clergy sexual abuse they understand the deep dynamics of this misunderstood and particular abuse. I highly recommend them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

when I see the help and healing victims get when they reach out to The Hope of Survivors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

(1) A much needed healing centre where victims can initially go to when they first get out of the abuse. (2) More conferences to reach out to victims in person, as well as, educate the church on clergy sexual abuse. (3) Financial help to cover costs of many materials that are handed and mailed out free of charge.

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Life-changing

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