Safe Church—If You Need Help
Silence is not the answer.
If you find yourself in the terrible situation of being a victim of abuse, you must get help. While we realize it is not easy to come forward and share your story, in order to heal and move forward you must seek assistance. The following resources come highly recommended, and it is our sincere hope that with prayer and proper support you will soon be on the road to recovery. Special thanks to Sarah McDugal and Jennifer Jill Schwirzer for supplying these resources.
This is a supporting initiative of the church and brings education, awareness, and victim support. It provides a confidential online reporting feature, and the team fully cooperates with church leaders and law enforcement to take action as needed.
This organization provides confidential and free online support groups for women in recovery, training courses, and online group coaching. WILD also provides coaching services for abuse recovery, post-trauma wellness, and entrepreneurship development.
This is an initiative of the North American Division and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to educate church leaders and raise awareness on multiple forms of abuse. The annual summit is streamed live. This year’s event is September 4-5, 2019.
This is an initiative to combat and provide education on all forms of abuse. It was launched in March on the campus of Andrews University.
This is a network of trained male and female Adventist counselors and coaches providing affordable emotional and mental health resources. Abide also offers regular support and helper training events for those who want to become equipped to serve others in this capacity.
Sarah is an author, speaker, and abuse recovery coach working exclusively with female survivors. She offers both group and individual online coaching and is available internationally.
GRACE provides education, information, and support for victims.
This organization seeks to help churches and leaders recognize and respond to abuse in the church more effectively. It provides coaching, education, and support.
It serves victims of clergy sexual misconduct across denominations, through providing educational materials, events, and its online presence.
Source: Adventist World, September 2019
2020 Q3, Mosaic newsletter