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Review for Hope of Survivors, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Hope of Survivors provides a service for victims with infinite needs. I don't like that I have not yet recovered from what an ordained man did to me. But Denial does not work. It does not help me recover. Over the years the cost of his abuse cannot be measured in dollars. While it feels like the pain will never go away, it comforts me to have a place to go, knowing I can trust THOS will believe me. I am telling the truth. Years after the abuse I still need someone to help me accept it did happen. Not easy to do in a world that tells me I am lying. Without THOS some of us die, spiritually if not physically. THOS meets a need that is real, no matter how much we don't want to face the reality of that.

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Hope of Survivors, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hope of Survivors is saving lives. at a time believers/survivors of clergy sexual abuse need their religious/spiritual community more than any other, they are shunned. it reminds me of The Scarlet Letter. Hope of Survivors does not fail survivors the way a church can. Hope of Survivors does not betray survivors the way a church can. Hope of Survivors leads survivors to recovery, not to spiritual suicide.

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

help with changing federal and state legislation to make it easier for Americans to legally report the ordained to law enforcement to prevent more harm

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Hope of Survivors, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We cannot survive without attachments. In a time of need, I turned to a professional, someone I had been taught in my childhood to be a representative of God. I developed an attachment to him. He told me there was no reason not to trust him. It turned out there were good reasons not to trust him the way I am meant to trust God.
I cannot imagine anyone going through an experience like mine without a resource like Hope of Survivors. They believed me.

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

With each step I took to report what happened, I knew I was not alone.

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

Create an on line support group of survivors...to help them help each other and lessen the burden placed on the organization's staff.

Role:  Client Served & I made a contribution.