the Hope of Survivors

Baylor University Research Study 2015—Samantha Nelson

Dear Friends,

The Baylor University research study is now here! Please read the invitation letter from Dr. David Pooler below and participate if you fit the criteria. This study is very important for helping congregations learn how to better handle cases of clergy sexual abuse and your input is vital. As there are so few research studies about this issue, this is a very critical piece of research and you can help!

Your experience as a survivor of clergy sexual misconduct matters to us. This is an invitation to participate in a national study conducted by Baylor University so we can better understand these experiences. This important project is funded by Hope of Survivors and the Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation. It is hoped that this research will provide information about how churches and denominations can better respond to people who have been abused by a church leader.

If you are a woman who is 18 years or older and the abuse occurred at age 16 or after in your life, we want you to participate. There are questions about you, your church, and the ways your church did or did not support you. Below is the link to an anonymous Internet survey. We are not asking for information that can personally identify you. Your involvement in this research is critically important. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. Please note: This survey could take up to 30 minutes, so please set aside some dedicated time to work on it. We hope that you will benefit from knowing that your responses will help generate new knowledge and awareness around this important issue.

To take the survey click the following link:
https://baylor.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_exotRD9c2AtSt6J

Feel free to forward or share this link with other survivors.

Sincerely,

David Pooler, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Dean For Baccalaureate Studies
School of Social Work
Baylor University

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this study.

God bless you,
Samantha Nelson
CEO

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