The Experience of a Parent Who Is a Survivor

By Carol Knieriem, Dove’s Nest Board Member and Volunteer

Forty-year-old George has a hard time walking in the doors of a church—the result of being molested by his youth pastor at age fifteen. After a year of being molested, church officials were informed about the abuse. George’s perpetrator was told to leave the church, and George was instructed not to tell anyone about the abuse.

George’s faith in God is strong despite the abuse he suffered at the hands of a church official, and George wants his children—Kaylee and Jeremy—to learn about God and grow spiritually.  However, every time George walks into a church he fears the worst and is hypervigilant about who oversees his children when they are participating in Sunday school and youth group.


Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children"  (Luke 18:16 NLT).