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What Helped Me

This blog was written by Adults Sexually Abused by Priests (ASAP)

What helped me survive the initial shock and betrayal that happened at the hands of my priest?


Getting Through the Holidays: Tips for Survivors

The aged old question of DO I STAY, or DO I GO is one that survivors of sexual abuse are fretting over during the holiday season.

It’s possible for you to gain some momentum in your healing journey by understanding how to put these holiday tips into play as you’re sitting around the Christmas, or Kwanza or Chanukah table!


If you were a child, who would you vote for?

This blog was written by Volunteer SNAP Leader Carol Yeager of Fayetteville, NC

Voting has power in our country because it promises to give everyone an equal voice in the affairs of our government.  Is it possible to give every demographic an equal voice by way of voting?  Is there any one group that is not represented somewhere in our elections?  I believe so.


Guest Blog: Abusers and Traumatic Bonding-What You Need To Know

The below is a guest blog by Tracy Smith LPC, NCC, ACS that was originally published on e-Counseling.com. We are very grateful to e-Counseling for giving us permission to share this blog and its excellent information with our readers. 

Relationships are a complicated thing.  Sometimes it seems as if we have little control over who we fall in love with.  Our hearts may urge us directly towards someone, while paradoxically, our heads are screaming at us to run for the hills. 


Three Accused Clerics, Three Wildly Different Responses

Three clerics were recently accused of child sexual abuse. (No, this isn’t the setup to a joke.)

 


It May Be Slow, but Change Does Come

Blog by David Clohessy

One of my favorite poems begins “Sometimes things don’t go, after all, from bad to worse.”


"Window to Justice" Now Open in New York - Here are Some Experts Who Can Help

On Wednesday, August 14, a one-year "window to justice" will open in New York state, allowing those who had been sexually abused but had their cases barred by the statute of limitations a chance to file a civil lawsuit. This is an exciting opportunity for survivors to get a chance at justice, but can also be confusing and many will have a lot of questions on next steps.


Another Avenue for Reporting: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Tim McGuire, a survivor in the Norwich Diocese, has been in touch with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). After hearing about Tim’s story, representatives from the NCMEC have encouraged him to file a complaint against Bishop Cote of the Norwich Diocese. Tim wants other survivors to know that they can make a report, too!


Guest Blog: The Statute of Limitations Maze

The Statute of Limitations Maze: The Labyrinthian Process of Catholic Sex Abuse Cases

by John Winer

After what seemed like a brief lull, various Dioceses throughout the United States are facing a steady stream of accusations from adults who, as children, were sexually abused by clergy in the Catholic Church. And, there seems to be a great deal of willingness on the part of elected officials to help streamline the process, something that did not exist in previous generations.


New Resource for Survivors: "Law that Heals Podcast"

This podcast was shared with us in the hopes that it might be helpful to survivors. Read the description below and find the link to listen.


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