For those who have experienced sexual abuse, hope can feel out of reach. The experience can be devastating in so many ways, often reaching to the very core of one's being. It can be very isolating as well; deep shame can prevent healthy connections. Being in a small group with others, who have also experienced sexual abuse, offers opportunity to realize that you are not alone. Each person and each healing journey is unique. Yet in a small group with others common threads come to light, which can create connection, increase understanding and add meaning.
The wisdom writer of Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12
The road toward wholeness/shalom after experiencing sexual abuse is a difficult path, one that is best traveled with others. In developing supportive companions for the journey, perhaps hope is possible after all, hope for healing, growth, and new life.
We’re thrilled to recommend Circles of Hope, hosted by Safe Communities, an organization that we can highly support (Note: Founder, Linda Crockett has been a featured speaker for Safe Church Ministry.) Circles of Hope is a 4-session group experience where survivors are invited to discover common ground and look at the way our lives have been shaped not only by trauma, but by our own strength, struggle, and resilience. Circles of Hope is now more accessible in its virtual format.