If you have abuse in your past (or present) and are in greater pain than you can handle, the information below can help get you started.
IF YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT HURTING YOURSELF, GET HELP NOW!!!! You are a worthy person, and there are people who love you and whose lives will be destroyed if you destroy your own.
Here are some 24/7 numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Resources for sexual abuse issues, by clergy or otherwise:
SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Stop It Now! (Sexual Abuse Prevention)
Darkness to Light (Prevention and Treatment Resources)
We Are Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect
I have been contacted by a therapist specializing in childhood clergy abuse. His name is Steven Mangine, and he invites you to email him at sjmangine (at) gmail (dot) com or phone him at (859) 277-2844 if you need his help. His practice is in the town I am writing about, but he says anyone may call him who is struggling and doesn’t know where to begin. I have met him, and he his incredibly kind and knowledgeable.