Thursday, June 19, 2014

Churchnet has Resources for Victims of Church-Related Sexual Abuse

Bob Perry
Churchnet is seeking to reach out to persons who have been victims of sexual abuse at church. Utilizing a recently received grant, the Congregational Health Team of Churchnet is prepared to assist those who contact us for confidential help. It is well understood that sexual abuse at church, particularly at the hands of clergy, does enormous damage emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Too often church organizations have attempted to quietly brush aside reports of misconduct to avoid “conflict in the church.” The victims of abuse have been victimized a second time by uncaring and unsympathetic church structures that have been more concerned about their images than the wellbeing and recovery of the persons offended.

Churchnet is forming a network of survivors of clergy abuse, and we are developing a list of psychologists and therapists in various parts of Missouri who specialize in sexual abuse treatment and recovery. Churchnet’s website (www.theChurchnet.org) has links to a list of books that provide valuable information on the subject, and there are websites listed for organizations that offer resources.

If you have been hurt by sexual abuse at church, whether it was recent or years in the past, we want to help you. We can enable you to speak with persons who have shared similar experiences and with professionals who can help you overcome.

You can begin the process of getting help by contacting our Congregational Health Team Leader, Dr. Bob Perry. His phone number is (888) 420-2426, ext. 706, and his

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