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Hope of Survivors
February 25, 2011

I come from a well thought of family. Neither family or church members believe that clergy sexual abuse could happen to me. Actually I grew up being abused by religious leaders. And again as an adult. I learned changing churches did not guarantee safety.
At a convention last summer (2010) I came across The Hope of Survivors booth. Unexpectedly I immediately felt safe. I did get acquainted with Samantha and Steve Nelson, founders, and a few of the volunteers. They listened and believed me. When one learned something said had inadvertently hurt me a genuine apology was quickly sent. The volunteer who is working with me gives freedom of choice, believes me! For me an important thing is knowing I'm daily prayed for.
I appreciate their balanced approach. That they realize that more than the two involved are affected. But also their families, friends, and church members. Besides getting great benefit myself I have told others about this organization.

The Great!

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

that they are currently helping me overcome the emotional, spiritual and social effects of long term clergy sexual misconduct.

Ways to make it better...

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

1 Encourage them to continue their programs, with wise increase of personnel, materials, PR, and funding. 2. Greatly increase funding to: a) Educate members, clergy, church/denominational leadership to csa and beneficial responses so victims don't feel abandoned by God & people b) Establish safe places a victim of csa could go to begin picking up the pieces. c) Increase other language work, workers, and materials.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Pasted The Hope of Survivors booth and received material they handed out. Read it. Came back and talked. Went home read all they have on the internet. Made contact.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I'm different than 8 months ago. They've keep their promise not to aban- don me, They have done a lot of caring listening. They offer safety, hope, and a God I want to know. I'm beginning to have hope and trust - to the point of writing a review. But I don't have a clear cut answer to your question.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I am receiving THOS services and friendship.

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