the Hope of Survivors

News & Notes

It’s important that you understand that you are not alone in this situation. There are others. It, unfortunately, happens all too frequently. The purpose of this News & Notes section is to help you to understand that there is hope. That you can heal. That you could one day help someone else going through this very situation. May God bless you.

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Articles from The Hope of Survivors:

Making Safe Places: Understanding Female Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse—David K. Pooler, Ph.D., LCSW, Baylor University

Clergy Disguised as Angels of Light—Mary Jo Noworyta

New Board Chairman Elected January 5, 2017—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the President—Steve Nelson

South Africa Update 12/16/16—Bianca Wright

PELC 2016 Convention Update—Tammy Landry

What Services Are Most Important To You?—Survey Results

Letter from the Board Chairman (October 2016 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Ray Hartwell

"I Just Can't Forgive Myself!"—Martin Weber

Great Participation for Walk Hope Survive 2016 Walkathon—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (July 2016 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Naming Abuse: Why “Comeback” Article Misses the Mark on Clergy Misconduct—Darryl W. Stephens

Relationships in the Family of God—Jennifer J. Schwirzer, LPC

Wish you Could Have Been There!—Tammy Landry & Kyoko Sears

The Hope of Survivors: Saving Many Lives—Brenda Dickerson, Outlook Magazine

Romanian Division Update 2016—Samantha Nelson

Walk Hope Survive 5K 2016!

Why Help—Part 6: We Rely On Your Support—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

Why Help—Part 5: To Break the Silence!—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

Why Help—Part 4: Being That 'Someone'—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

Why Help—Part 3: It's a Worldwide Problem—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

Why Help—Part 2: To Dispel the Myth of the Affair—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

Why Help—Part 1: It's a Safe Place to Heal Your Relationship with God—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta

South Africa Update—Bianca Wright

Once and Done—Jennifer Jill Schwirzer, LPC

PELC Convention Update-Part 2—Kyoko Sears

PELC Convention Update—Samantha Nelson & Tammy Landry

Letter from the Vice President (October 2015 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

La Esperanza de los Sobrevivientes Update—Shyleene Rosado, V.P. Latino Division

Letter from the Vice President (July 2015 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

There Is Still More To Do—Shyleene Rosado

Predators in the Pulpit—Mary Jo Noworyta

Canada Division Update (July 2015)—Wendy Schwitzer

It's About Educating—Sandy Kirkham

"Hey! I Like Your Shirt!"—Steve Nelson

Hear My Cry—Samantha Nelson

Why The Hope of Survivors?—Samantha Nelson

A Heifer for The Hope of Survivors!—Samantha Nelson

Baylor University Research Study 2015—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (April 2015 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Surviving Tragedy—Elder Robert Peck

UK Division Update (April 2015)—Andrea Shipwright

The Hope of Survivors (THOS) Interview with Renewal Center Guests (April 2015 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—The Hope of Survivors’ Staff

Letter from the Vice President (February 2015)—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (January 2015 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

A Healthy Church: Love in All Purity—Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

PELC 2014 Update—Tammy Landry

Reflections & Prayers for 2015—Mary Jo Noworyta

Closer Than Ever, But Not Quite There!—Samantha Nelson

Only a Few Days Left to Meet Our Goal!—Samantha Nelson

Deception in the Pews Invitation—Samantha Nelson

The Broken Sole—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (October 2014 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Pastoral Affair or Abuse of Power?—MJ Noworyta

August 2014 Updates—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (July 2014 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Do Churches Have a License to Do Whatever They Want?—Linda Beldin-Korter, LCSW

Progressive Steps To Healing—Linda Beldin-Korter, LCSW

The Beach is a Great Treatment—James L. Marcum, M.D.

Letter from the Vice President (April 2014 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

La Esperanza de los Sobrevivientes Update—Shyleene Rosado, V.P. Latino Division

Canada Division Update—Wendy Lee, V.P. Canadian Division

UK Division Update—Andrea & Anthony Shipwright, V.P.s, UK Division

A Massage Therapist Looks at Pastoral Boundaries—Ray McAlister, MDIV, PhD, LMT

Letter from the Vice President (January 2014 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Why Does Having a Title Give Pastors the License to Do Whatever They Want?—Douglas Goodman

A Tender Shepherd—Steve Nelson, President

Letter from the Vice President (October 2013 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

In the Spotlight!—Unitarian Universalist Association

Trouble in Paradise—Steve Nelson, President

A New Awakening—Shyleene Rosado, V.P. Latino Division

Spiritual Abuse and How It Can Lead to Other Abuses Like Clergy Sexual Abuse—Barb Orlowski, D.Min.

Clergy Abuse Recovery—Ray Hartwell

Multi-Faceted Abuse—Samantha Nelson

11 Reasons Why Pastors Should Never Date Their Parishioners—Erik Campano

Letter from the Vice President (July 2013 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

In the Spotlight!—Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)

Tips for Helping a Partner who was Sexually Abused as a Child—Grant Cameron

Leadership Abuses: Private and Public Sins—Jim Wright

Where Is Your Joy?—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Chairman (April 2013 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Ted Vanderlaan

The Hope of Survivors—Bringing Survivors Together to Work for Justice—Becky Bell

Dating in the Parish...—Darryl W. Stephens

In the Spotlight!—Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Letter from the Vice President (January 2013 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

In the Spotlight!—Seventh-day Adventist Church

Pastors vs. Imposters—Survivor Girl (a pseudonym)

The Hope of Survivors Honored as Top-Rated Nonprofit for 2012!

Letter from the Vice President (October 2012 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

In the Spotlight!—The Presbyterian Church (USA)

ASI Convention Update—Sandy Kirkham

Latino Division Update—Shyleene Rosado & Pastor Javier Huerta

An Unsealed Secret—Steve Nelson

Romania Division Update (August 2012)—Samantha Nelson

Letter from the Vice President (July 2012 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Human Rights, Homemade—Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

In the Spotlight!—The Episcopal Church

Letter from the Vice President (April 2012 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Doing Nothing Still Counts!—Steve Nelson

In the Spotlight!—Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Letter from the Vice President (January 2012 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

10 Myths About Clergy Sexual Misconduct—Darryl W. Stephens

In the Spotlight!—United Methodist Church

To Your Health!—Samantha Nelson

CCEF Conference Update—Sandy Kirkham

Letter from the Vice President (October 2011 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Highlights from August Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention Campaign Events - 2011

Why Do They Do It?—Ardis Stenbakken

Simon Says: “You Can Prevent Clergy Sexual Abuse!”—Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

Letter from the Vice President (July 2011 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

Jesus' Kind of Feminism—Jennifer Jill Schwirzer

Are You Covering for an Abusive Pastor?—Denah Michelle Moon

What If...?—Samantha Nelson

What About Me? Where Could I Ever Take This Shame?—Kimberly Erickson

Letter from the Vice President (April 2011 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Samantha Nelson

THOS Blog Update (April 2011 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Annette Anderson

WestPoint & GYC Convention Updates (April 2011 HopeSpeak Newsletter)—Gail & Elgin Jenkins

News & Announcements—January 2011 HopeSpeak

"Go Forward!"—Samantha Nelson, January 2011 HopeSpeak

News & Announcements—October 2010 HopeSpeak

What’s It Worth—Pastor Steve Nelson, October 2010 HopeSpeak

Fear. God. Love.—Jennifer Schwirzer, LPC, October 2010 HopeSpeak

Latest Updates—August 1, 2010

July 2010 Letter from Samantha Nelson (General Conference Session Update)—V.P. & CEO

Overcoming Dysfunctional ‘Forgiveness’—Martin Weber, D.Min., Board Chairman

April 2010 Letter from Martin Weber—Board Chairman, The Hope of Survivors

Holy Healing for Abuse Scars—Tom Lemon, Board Chairman Emeritus

The Day My Jouney of Healing Began—Susan

Steve & Samantha “Down Under”—Coralie Roll & Arlagene Groves

Letter from Samantha Nelson—VP & CEO

Calendar Project Update (April 2010)

InFocus—Christian News & Current Affairs (Television spot on The Hope of Survivors’ work in Australia 11/13/09)

Letter from Martin Weber—Board Chairman, The Hope of Survivors

A Sad Farewell—Tom Lemon, Board Chairman Emeritus, The Hope of Survivors

A Season of Change...—Samantha Nelson, V.P. & CEO, The Hope of Survivors

Was It An Affair?—Coralie Roll, The Hope of Survivors Australian Division Representative

Baylor University Update (July 2009)

Australia Division Update (July 2009)

New Volunteer (July 2009)

Touching Lives Around the World—Samantha Nelson

Sanctuary for the Sexually Abused—Martin Weber, D.Min.

Healing the Craziness—Tom Lemon

Victims & Stress: The Effects of Stress Due to Pastoral Sexual Abuse—James L. Marcum, M.D.

Understanding the Mystery of Clergy Sexual Abuse—Martin Weber

If You Were There—Steve Nelson

Of Weeping and Joy—Samantha Nelson

A New Opportunity—Shyleene Rosado

Which One Will You Be?—Samantha Nelson

God Is In All The Details—Steve Nelson

“Peace, Be Still.”—Samantha Nelson

The Sower—Steve Nelson

Whiplash and Sin—Samantha Nelson

It’s the Trials...—Steve Nelson

Forgiveness is a Gift—Samantha Nelson

What Is Faith?—Steve Nelson

Vertical Vision—Samantha Nelson

Q&A About Pastoral Sexual Abuse & Misconduct—The Hope of Survivors Staff

Interview for Marie Claire Magazine (UK)—Roshan McArthur & Samantha Nelson

The Power of a Lie—Samantha Nelson

Traits of a Good Shepherd—Steve & Samantha Nelson

The Subtlety of Satan & Pastors Who Prey—Samantha Nelson

Victim of “Clergy Abuse” Now Helps Others—George Warren, KXTV News 10 Sacramento, CA

Local Church Leaders Accused of Misusing Their Power—Katherine Boyd, WKYC News 3 Cleveland, OH (Click here to view the news broadcast)

The Hope of Survivors—Karen SuvanKahm

Pastoral Sexual Abuse Informational Materials to be Distributed—Samantha Nelson

TheHopeOfSurvivors.com Recognized by Top International Honor for Web Sites—Samantha Nelson

The Hope of Survivors Survey Results (November 2008)

Kenya Division Update (October 2008)—Hephzibah Akunga

Kenya Division Update (July 2008)—Hephzibah Akunga

Pastoral Sexual Abuse: It’s Not an Affair, It’s Abuse—Sandra Gates

Pastoral Immorality, Another Perspective—Condensed version as posted on the Recorder web site

Pastoral Immorality, Another Perspective—Full version as originally written by Steve & Samantha Nelson

Hope & Healing Comes to Bloomington, MN!—April 2008

The Hope of Survivors & Applebee’s Working Together!

Update from the General Conference Session in St. Louis, MO—June-July 2005

Update from the ASI International Convention in Sacramento, CA—August 2005

Update from the ASI International Convention in Cincinnati, OH—August 2004

 

In the News:

La Sierra University Latest Campus to Face Student Allegations of Mishandled Sexual Assault Cases—Nina Flores, Huffington Post

Sexual Abuse within Christian Organizations—Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

10 Ways to Spot Spiritual Abuse—Roberta Fish

Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Taking Upskirt Videos at Church—Charisma News

Breaking The Cycle Of Sexual Abuse Of Students By Prep School Teachers—Tovia Smith, NPR News

Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped.—Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

The Hope of Survivors: Reaching the Hurting—Brenda Dickerson, Outlook Magazine

Private Schools, Painful Secrets—Spotlight, The Boston Globe

Darrin Patrick Has Been Relieved of Pastoral Duties at The Journey—Warren Throckmorton, Patheos

Another Voice: ‘Affair’ Involving Clergy Is Really Sexual Abuse—Mary Jo Huels-Noworyta, The Buffalo News

Principal of Mountain View Christian School in Sequim Arrested on Charges of Child Rape, Molestation—Q13 Fox News

The Lies and the Least—Nate Sparks

"I Was 13 When Marc Gafni's Abuse Began"—Sara Kabakov

A New Haven Opens for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse—Rachel Marie Stone, Religion News Service

Police: Pennsylvania Ex-Pastor Accused of Raping Teen Says He'll Return to U.S.—CNN

Okla. Bible Study Leader Charged with More than 50 Counts for Molesting 14-Year-Old Girl He ‘Brainwashed’—Raw Story

Bombshell Claim: More Clinton Sexual Assault Victims Are About To Come Forward—Fox Nation

Gafni Faces Fallout From New Age Community—The Jewish Week

Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years—The Boston Globe

40 Victims Say They Were Sexually Assaulted At St. George’s Prep School In R.I.—WBUR News

Seventh-Day Adventists Admit They Failed Teen Abuse Victim—The Australian

Boulder DA Cites VineLife Church's 'Disturbing Culture of Secrecy' in Sex-Abuse Cover-Up—Mitchell Byars, Daily Camera

Spiritual Warfare at Sterling’s Calvary Temple Church—Crystal Owens, Loudoun Times

Montgomery Pastor Admits to Having AIDS, Sleeping with Church Members—Tametria Conner, WMC Action News

Seventh-Day Adventists Sued Over 1970s Sex Abuse—Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News staff

Turning a Blind Eye Is Not an Option—Carmille L. Akande, Christianity Today

Ex-Pastor Gets 6 Years for Sexually Assaulting Woman During PrayerLos Angeles Times Staff

Pella Pastor's Sexual Exploitation Convictions Upheld—Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register

By Grace Alone—Kathryn Joyce, The American Prospect

Doug Phillips: Affair or Criminal Clergy Sexual Abuse?—T.W. Eston

Lawsuit Claims S.A. Religious Leader Preyed on His Kids' Nanny—Abe Levy, MySA

Pray for Me: A Woman’s Escape from Spiritual, Sexual Abuse by a Pastor—Erin Rhoda, Bangor Daily News

Former Des Moines Pastor Gets Prison in Sex Case—KCRG News

Church Pastor Resigns; Admits to Having Affairs—Andrew Hasbun, FOX 10 News

Dozens of Children Abused at Evangelical Commune, Adult Survivors Allege—Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today

Minister, Wife Facing Child Molestation Charges—WISH Staff Reports

When Sexual Abuse Comes to Light—Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

The GOTHARD Files: A Case for DisqualificationRecovering Grace

How I Beat Back the Darkness After Rape—I Kept Choosing Life After Being Violated By My Pastor—Halee Gray Scott, Christianity Today

Letters from Children in Philippine Orphanage Are Source of Charges Against Hudson Pastor, Two Others—Colette M. Jenkins, Beacon Journal

Nuns as Sexual Victims Get Little Notice—Bill Smith, St. Louis Today

Ministry Supporting Victims of Clergy Abuse Opens New Facility—Jeff Boyd, Adventist Today

Saving Bathsheba—Rachel Marie Stone, PRISM Magazine

Iowa Youth Pastor Rapes Boys To ‘Cure’ Them Of Homosexuality, Won’t Spend One Day In Prison—Stephen D. Foster, Jr.

Houston Pastor Accused of Repeated Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old Foster Daughter—Jeremy Desel, KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

‘Rev. Tried to Sin with Me’—Selim Algar, New York Post

Parents Describe Sexual Abuse of Their Daughter—Anna Groff

Former Volunteer Youth Worker at San Antonio Church Sentenced for "Sexting"Adventist Today

Adventist Pastor Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Teen in Caribbean Nation of Trinidad and TobagoAdventist Today

Former GC Employee Gets 150 Years for Sex Abuse of Young GirlSpectrum Magazine

Sacred Monsters—Sam Slovick, Mission & State

The Hope of Survivors: You Cannot Heal What You Cannot Talk About—Survivor Girl (a pseudonym)

Presbyterian Pastor Doubles as Escort: CSBV III—Erik Campano

Ex-Student Says She Was Plied with Gifts, Sexually Used—Tresa Balda, Detroit Free Press (as show in USA Today)

Ex-Pastor at Megachurch Sued Over Sex-Abuse CounselingThe Columbus Dispatch

Clergy Sexual Abuse Raised as Issue at UN Meeting—World Council of Churches

Jack Schaap Sentenced: Indiana Pastor Gets 12 Years For Sexual Relationship With Teen ParishionerHuffington Post

'Sinister Minister' Convicted of Murder in Wife's Death—Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times

Lawsuit Alleges Child Sex Abuse by KC Pastor Who Heads State Education Board—Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star

No Religious Exemption When It Comes to Abuse—Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times

The Hope of Survivors Expands Global Outreach—ASI News

Rev. Stan Archie Resigns from Mo. Education Board—KSDK Channel 5 News

KC Pastor, New Head of Missouri Board of Education, Denies Sex Allegations—Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star

Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church—Bryan Smith, ChicagoMag.com

Pastor Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault—Hannah Spray, The StarPhoenix (Canada)

Missing from Petraeus Affair’s Coverage—Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Families File Lawsuit Against Ex-Pastor, Church in Pella—Des Moines Register

Former Pastor Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation—KCCI-8, Des Moines, IA

Hearing Reveals Impact of Clergy Abuse—Bob Allen, ABP

Jury Announces Verdict in Pastor's Trial—KCCI-8, Des Moines, IA

Pastor’s Wife Says She Didn’t Know About Affairs—KCCI-8, Des Moines, IA

Pastor's Sentencing Delayed—KCCI-8, Des Moines, IA

Evangelical Pastor Convinced Followers His Penis Contained HOLY MILK, Arrested—Note: This news article was originally reported today in Spanish by Que.es

Ex-prostitutes Dish on Dirty Ministers—Damali Keith, MyFox Houston

Female Assistant Minister at Manhattan Church 'Seduced' Parishioner—Susan Edelman, New York Post

Lynn Convicted of Child Endangerment, Acquitted of Conspiracy—Maryclaire Dale, NBC 10, Philadelphia

Ultra-Orthodox Men Charged With Trying to Silence Accuser—Sharon Otterman, New York Times

Sex Abuse Covered Up in Jewish Sect?—Gary Tuchman, CNN

Peeping Tom Caught in the Act—Joleen Chaney, KFOR-TV

Hold Faith Leaders Accountable for AbusesUSA Today, Opinion Letter by Suzanne Cyr

Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar on His Daughter: 'She Was Not Punched'—Steve Almasy, CNN

Pipim, Postmortem—Loren Siebold, Spectrum

Pipim Rebaptism Canceled, Another Victim Identified—Alexander Carpenter, Spectrum

Pipim Sexual Abuse Victim: The Story from a First-person Observer—Loren Siebold, Adventist Today

Rape Allegations Surface in the Samuel Pipim Kerfuffle—Mary Hilde, ADvindicate

Voice of the Victims: Sex Abuse Survivors and the Church—Michelle Van Loon, Christianity Today

Why It Will Happen Again—Loren Seibold, Spectrum

‘It's Been 33 Years in the Making’: Ex-priest Charged Over Sexual Abuse—Nick Ralston, Lisa Davies, The Sydney Morning Herald

Inquiry Looms as More Suicides Linked to Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests—Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Josh Gordon, The Age

Church’s Suicide Victims—Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Jane Lee, The Age

Rev. Lonny Remmers Held In Torture Of Boy Who Was Forced To Dig His Own Grave—David Lohr, Huffington Post

Safe Churches a Priority for Adventist Risk Management—Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN

Shepherding Survivors of Sexual Abuse—Weeding Out Some Myths—Andrew J. Schmutzer

Westboro Baptist Church Family Disowns Daughter—20/20 (Note: This is not about clergy sexual abuse, but is included here to show the abuse of religious leaders in other ways.)

Eddie Long Accusers RAW INTERVIEW—Channel 2's Jodie Fleischer Reports

Pastor Made Advances After Her Husband Killed—Jane Sims, The London Free Press

Woman Abused by Ex-Pastor Gets $1.4M—Abby Simons, Star Tribune

Our View: Church Must Learn from Sex ScandalWinona Daily News

Salina Pastor Arrested on Child Sex Charges—KSN Channel 3

At Risk Christianity: Being up Front About the Down Low—Eurweb.com

Rose McGowan: How She Survived, Escaped a Cult—By Blaine Zuckerman, PEOPLE.com

Father's Girls—Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star

The Alchemist in the Pulpit—Nora MacKenzie, The Presbyterian Outlook

"Clergy Sexual Abuse of Women Is a Violent Abuse of Power"—Cléo Fatoorehchi interviews Dr. Valli Batchelor of the World Student Christian Federation Book Project

World Christian Students Throw Light on Pastors and Priests Who Prey—WSCF

Series Finds Sex Abuse Hiding in Many Faiths—Bill Brownstein, The Gazette

Zen Teachers Are Livid Utah Colleague in Sex Scandal Still Teaching—Kristen Moulton, The Salt Lake Tribune

Churches Emphasize Employee Conduct Policies—Gregg MacDonald, Fairfax Times

Victim's Forced Confession (video)—ABC News 20/20

Compassion or Cover-Up? Teen Victim Claims Rape; Forced Confession in Church—ABC News

Church Abuse Cases and Lawyers an Uneasy Mix—Peter Eisler, USA TODAY

Vienna Presbyterian Church Seeks Forgiveness, Redemption in Wake of Abuse ScandalThe Washington Post

Ex-Pastor's Alleged Behavior Was Shock to Pella Church—Des Moines Register

James Dean Molestation Kept Secret by Taylor—During Making of 'Giant,' Actor Confessed that He Was Abused by Minister as a Child—MSNBC

Sexual Misconduct Tests Denomination—Heather Hahn

Multi-Millionaire U.S. Evangelist Confesses On His Own TV Network To Cheating on Wife After Being Blackmailed—Daily Mail Reporter

“CLERGY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Exposing the Elephant in the Living Room”Gospel Today

Power Imbalance Can Facilitate Clerical Abuse—NPR News

Men Allege Sexual Coercion by Prominent Atlanta Pastor—CNN Wire Staff

Ex-Pastor Arrested in Wife’s Death, Under Scrutiny in Another’s—CNN Wire Staff

Twisted Faith—MSNBC

Church Sex Abuse (Ireland)—CNN

Tackling Church Sex Abuse—CNN

A Candle in the Darkness—Wess Stafford, as published in Christianity Today

Christian School Teacher Arrested for Alleged Sex with Student—KOMO TV News Staff

Neighbor: Teen Girls Often Visited Teacher’s Apartment—Luke Duecy

Child Abuse Claims Sweep Catholic Church in Europe—AP

Therapy Teaches that Incest is Never Consensual—Elizabeth Landau, CNN

First Amendment Does Not Protect Criminal Activities By Staff At Religious Organizations, Says Americans United

Former Pastor Plans to Appeal Murder Conviction—Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press

I Have a Secret: I Had Sex with My Pastor—momlogic.com

Women Share Their Stories of Clergy Abuse—Elizabeth Eisenstadt-Evans, Lancaster Online

Evangelist Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years on Sex Charges—CNN.com

Abuse Charge Against Worship Leader Rocks Prominent Fla. Church—Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press

Shame And Fear: Inside Germany's Catholic Church Abuse Scandal—Free Internet Press

A Mother, a Sick Son and His Father, the Priest—Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times

Some Faith Leaders Offer Women More Than Prayer—NPR News

Many Women Targeted by Faith Leaders, Survey Says—By Jacqueline L. Salmon, Washington Post

Survey Reveals Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct—Audrey Barrick, Christian Post

Baylor University Conducts Largest National Study of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults (September 2009)

Pastor Porn Addict Admits Struggle—CNN News

Former Pastor Giffin Faces 6 Rape Charges—Peter H. Milliken

Haggard Asked Volunteer if They Were Going to be ‘Godly or Bad’—Tak Landrock

Clergy Sexual Abuse Research By Baylor Social Work Dean Awarded $200,000 by Ford Foundation—Vicki Kabat

Cathedral Offers Garden to Sex Abuse Victims—CNN.com

Dinah’s Silent Cry: How Jesus Heals AbuseCharisma Magazine

Sexual Misconduct at Church—Marian V. Liautaud, Christianity Today

Pastor Lies About Cancer (Video)—CNN.com

Former Youth Pastor Sent to Prison; Given Lifetime Probation—Vanessa Miller

Sexual Abuses Issues in the Church; Raising the Bar—Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris

Pope Said to Meet with Victims of Sexual Abuse—CNN News

Former Music Minister Timothy Mann Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse—Patricia M. Murret, Gazette.net

Hoover Man Charged in Maryland Child Abuse Case Resigns as Music Minister at Shades Crest BaptistBirmingham News Staff

When Your Pastor Fails You—Yonat Shimron, Staff Writer, The News & Observer

Jerome Minister Gets 2 Yrs. Probation—Jay Michaels, KMVT

Reverend Placed on Probation—Andrea Jackson, Times-News*

Jerome Preacher Charged with Battery—Cass Friedman, Times-News*
*Please note: The pastor charged in this case, Rev. Ronald Matheney, happened to be the host during radio interviews for Friendly Fire with Samantha Nelson during March/April 2007. We have only just (9/9/08) become aware of the charges against him. The interviews have been removed from this web site. The Hope of Survivors does not condone or support abuse in any form, by any individual.

Pregnant Teen Can No Longer Hide Secret Affair With PastorYahoo! News**
**Please note: Below is our brief response to the Dear Abby article which appeared in Yahoo! News on February 3, 2008. We are aware that others replied and shared information from The Hope of Survivors with Dear Abby, too.

February 6, 2008
Dear Abby,
Regarding the article from February 3, entitled, PREGNANT TEEN CAN NO LONGER HIDE SECRET AFFAIR WITH PASTOR, please let IN TRUE LOVE IN WASHINGTON know that she did not have an affair, nor is this love, and that organizations such as The Hope of Survivors exist to provide free counsel and support to those who have been abused by a pastor or other spiritual leader. Thank you for making it clear to her that Reverend Ron is the only one who should be shamed in this case.
Samantha

More from Dear Abby on Pregnant Teen—UExpress.com

Auntie Anne’s Success and Private Tragedy—ABC News

A Pastor’s Dark Secret—CNN.com

Sex Scandal Rocks Famed Megachurch—Associated Press

Pastor Sued in Sex Scandal—Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

Sexual Predators Often Fly Under the Radar at Church—Hannah Elliott, Associated Baptist Press

‘We’re Moving On’, Church Members Say—Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union

The Recycle of Clergy Abuse—Greg Warner, Associated Baptist Press

Stepping Over the Line: Should Sexually Straying Clergy Be Restored to Ministry?—Ken Camp

Pastor Accused of Punishment Spank—FOX 4’s Dionne Anglin

Woman Accuses Pastor of Sex Abuse—Melanthia Mitchell, The Associated Press

Haggard Confesses to ‘Lifelong’ Sexual Problem—CNN’s Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

Pastor, His Family Accused of Molesting Children—Associated Press

Pentecostal Preacher Sherman Allen Turns Out to Be Reverend Spanky—Julie Lyons, Dallas Observer

Sherman Allen Gets Spanked—Julie Lyons, Dallas Observer

Police Say Pastor Coerced Sex Using God’s Word—Associated Press

Pastor Charged After Sexual Relations—Norway

Southern Baptists Confront Their Own Sexual Abuse Scandal—Adelle M. Banks

Churches in Trauma—Phil Jones, Religion & Ethics

Abuse Knows No Time Limit, House Told—Jim Siegel and Gerald Tebben, The Columbus Dispatch

Why “Pastoral Affair” Is An Oxymoron: Thoughts On Clergy Sexual Misconduct—René Drumm

Bishop Paulk Allegations—Dale Russell, Fox News, Atlanta, GA

Minister Unbowed—By Tobi Oluwa, Columbus Post

Sex-Abuse Complaints Voiced at Site of Detroit Conference—Dennis Pelham, Daily Telegram Staff Writer

Woman Says Church Warned—Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

In Missouri Court, a Choir Director Claims Minister Raped Her—Emanuella Grinberg, Court TV

Sex In the Forbidden Zone—Barrington H. Brennen

Blaming Women for the Sexually Abusive Male Pastor—Ann-Janine Morey

Sexual Misconduct in the Ministry: The Pastor, Sexual Sin, and the Bible (Part 3)—Professor Miroslav Kis

Sexual Misconduct in the Ministry: Unforbidden Fruit (Part 2)—Professor Miroslav Kis

Pastor Fired Over Sexual Exploitation Charges—Staff, KCCI Channel 8, Iowa

Sexual Misconduct in the Ministry: A Biblical Sketch of Pastoral Identity (Part 1)—Professor Miroslav Kis

Are Baptist Leaders Doing Enough About Clergy Sex-Abuse Revelations?—By Hannah Elliott

Boston Archdiocese Reveals Abuse Findings—CNN.com

Finland: Church Cooperating in Abuse Investigation

Sexual Ethics for Ministers Discussed

Organizational Misconduct—James A. Cress

Priest Gets Life for Assaulting 13-Year-Old

Church to Reveal Details of Abuse by Preacher—Martin Daly

Dear Editor...The Flock Responds—Adventist Review

Unfaithful: When Shepherds Become Wolves—Adventist Review

The Forbidden Zone: The Nature and Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Abuse—Arkady Bukh

When Clergy Prey, Women Pray to Be Heard—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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