Survivors, You Are Where You Need to Be

By Katherine B. Wiens, MEd, LPC

Wherever you are on the journey is exactly where you need to be.

This is my new mantra about sexual violence and survivors. 

I believe this statement honors each survivor’s journey and the place he or she is on the journey.  If we truly wish to help those who have experienced sexual violence, then we need to meet survivors on their terms by listening to, believing, caring about, and honoring them. It is important to resist trying to fix things or acting as if we have all the answers or know what they need. Instead, sit with survivors where they are. Listen to what they have experienced. 


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).