the Hope of Survivors

Reema Sukumaran

Reema SukumaranReema Sukumaran has overcome some insurmountable obstacles throughout her life. A victim of severe child abuse at the hands of a torturous parent, and raped by her pastor, she has experienced a nightmare few can imagine. The people she trusted the most failed her, including her Adventist church community. Despite the pain she has experienced, she continues to share her personal story in order to teach pastors and counsellors how to minister to individuals who have experienced personal trauma, and been betrayed by the Church.

Reema is a speaker, author, and trainer who shares a riveting story from her heart. Her goal is to bring the topic of clergy abuse; often thought to be taboo, out of the darkness, and speak openly to leaders so they can recognize symptoms of unhealthy boundaries, burnout, and focus on self-care and respect.  

Sukumaran is a product of Seventh-day Adventist education. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Andrews University. She is the proud mother of six growing boys, and works alongside her husband, an audiologist. She resides in Ontario, Canada.  

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...Psalms 34:18