Help for Survivors

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At Dove's Nest, our mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. Our focus and our area of expertise is prevention of child abuse and neglect. Training, empowering, and equipping faith communities to exercise their very important role in keeping children and youth safe is at the heart of what we do. We dream of a day when there are no more victims.

During our many encounters with faith communities across the United States, we hear from people who have been hurt and our hearts hurt with them. Statistics also tell us that there is an extremely high probability that on any given week in most faith communities, survivors and perpetrators of abuse are in the same roomoften unbeknowst to each other.

The links below are designed to help survivors on their healing journey. We offer them as possible resources to help those who are seeking assistance along the way. These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not formally endorsed by Dove's Nest. 

Organizations

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (G.R.A.C.E.)

Male Survivor

MK Safety Net

Our Stories Untold

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Anabaptist-Mennonite Chapter of SNAP)

The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse

Reading

Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches, by Carolyn Holderread Heggen
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Dan B. Allender

Other

"Children, the Peace Position, and Vulnerability to Abuse" - Inviting Survivors to Collaborate in Creating a New Theology