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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I was a victim of clergy sexual abuse about six years ago. For many years I blamed myself for everything that occurred. I ran across The Hope of Survivors through a counselor's recommendation. THOS has been an excellent source of information and comfort to me. Not only did THOS help me understand that the abuse was not my fault, but they have helped me heal from this situation through the love and support that everyone has shown. I have found that the people are extremely supportive and always willing to help me during my struggles. The website provides lots of great information about clergy sexual abuse and I have referred nearly my entire family to the website to help them understand what I have been through because my words would not be adequate enough for them. It is sad that THOS needs to exist, but there is such a need for them. I can only hope that they will continue to provide support and comfort to the hundreds of victims that are sure to come their way in the coming years.

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I have personally experienced THOS' love and support because they have walked through my healing process with me. They have offered prayers on my behalf and they have offered encouragement whenever I needed it. I am able to utilize the information on their website to help others around me understand what I have been through as well.

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

Allow more financial support so they could continue to reach out to those who need them the most whether this be through more organizations in different countries or more conferences.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I discovered THOS many years ago while working through the aftermath of an abusive clergy. The directors were very helpful to both me and my husband. Since then, we have had the chance to attend one of their conferences and are still very grateful for the help they offer to us and to others.

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attendance at conference.

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

no suggestions

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Sam and Steve's story was similar to our own clergy abuse path, and just that alone was of immeasurable comfort. However, they did much more than that. Sam's wise and timely counsel offered us reassurance during desert times, and tools and language to persevere for justice in our case. This is a serious issue everywhere and in many church denominations and affiliations. Having their expertise available to countless victims/survivors is a true God-send.

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my life.

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

do nothing. It is well done already.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I was so wounded when I first contacted Hope of Survivors. And many places, just talk. Hope was all action. They have never left me.

I am a Survivor. When I feel bad, I go to Hope.

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My heart

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

None at all.

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
1 person found this review helpful

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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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

The Hope of Survivors saved my life! During a frantic internet search for help concering the pain I was suffering while being abused by my 'pastor' - I came across THOS website. After thoroughly reasearching the information offered, I came to understand and accept the fact that I was in an abusive situation. I reached out for help, and was immediately contacted by Steve and Samantha Nelson. They offered to me their sincere love, support, and understanding of the abusive situation I had been suffering with for years. Through counsel, and the information offered at THOS, I was able to recover mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually from the from the damage caused by pastoral abuse and am now helping others do the same. THOS plays a vital role in the recovery process of pastoral abuse victims!

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THOS offered counseling and important information to assist in my recover of pastoral abuse.

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

No changes. THOS needs more publicity so victims of pastoral misconduct can know there is help available to them!

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

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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Review from Guidestar
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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide funds to expand the ministry.

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

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

wish they could be MORE able to help MORE!

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