The abuse suffered by a trusted authority figure can be devastating. Unfortunately, clergy abuse is too real and far too prevalent today. If you are a clergy abuse survivor, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Many resources are available to help you heal and rebuild your life.
This guide will provide an overview of local and national resources available to clergy abuse survivors.
Organizations That Provide Support For Survivors Of Clergy Abuse
There are many organizations dedicated to providing support for victims of clergy abuse. The following organizations have programs and services specifically designed for survivors.
This organization provides advocacy and support services for those abused by clergy members in any faith tradition. They work with individuals, groups, and parishes to create a safe environment free from abuse and exploitation.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
SNAP is an international organization that provides support, healing, and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault perpetrated by members of religious institutions. They also offer assistance with filing civil lawsuits against abusers when applicable.
Survivor Connect is a nonprofit organization that helps connect survivors to mental health professionals specializing in trauma-related issues caused by sexual assault or childhood exploitation. They also provide a network of peer-support groups where survivors can share their stories safely while receiving emotional support from others who have gone through similar experiences.
Local Resources For Clergy Abuse Survivors
In addition to national organizations that offer assistance for victims of clergy abuse, there may be local organizations near you that can also provide help. Look into the following types of local resources:
- Mental Health Professionals – Seek out mental health professionals who specialize in trauma-related issues caused by sexual assault or childhood exploitation in your area if needed. Professional counseling can help you process what happened and move forward with your healing journey.
- Faith Communities – Local faith communities may offer counseling services or other forms of support specifically tailored towards victims of clergy abuse in their area. You may want to reach out directly to those communities if you feel comfortable doing so or seek referrals from friends or family who attend those churches or temples.
- Support Groups – Research online or contact your local mental health center about any existing support groups specifically tailored towards victims/survivors of clergy abuse in your area. These can be incredibly helpful in healing and rebuilding your life.
Legal Resources for Survivors
Survivors of clergy abuse often feel alone, but there are countless resources available nationally and locally to help them heal from this type of traumatic experience. Our team at } is dedicated to helping you receive the justice you deserve if you are a victim of an assault. Call us today at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a consultation.