Important message to the victims of abuse by church personnel:
Right now, you are most likely experiencing dread, confusion, deep hurt, betrayal and possibly anger. You have every right to these feelings…they are natural reactions to the trauma you have survived. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do with all of this? How will confronting my abuse experience affect my family? How will I ever recover my trust in the church again?”
The Office of Child and Youth Protection is here to connect you with the resources you need to answer these and other questions you will have as you begin your healing journey.
Our Victim Assistance Program offers avenues to counseling/therapy & spiritual guidance for you and your loved ones. Also, through prayer and working with parishioners, we will address the healing needs of the parish in which the abuse occurred and of the Catholic Church in Atlanta, of which you are a vital member.
You matter to us. We want you to have what you need to heal emotionally, physically and spiritually. We encourage you to use as many resources of the Victim Assistance Program as you feel you need. We are here to listen and to take action.
Peace to you,
Sue Stubbs MS, NCC
Director, Victim Assistance Office
The Archdiocese of Atlanta wishes to offer its services to those who have experienced abuse as a minor by church personnel, whether the abuse occurred within or outside of this archdiocese.
- In cases of current abuse of a minor or past abuse of a minor by church personnel within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Office of Child & Youth Protection’s Victim Assistance Program will offer the resources listed below in an effort to bring about healing for you, your family and your parish family.
- In cases of past abuse of a minor by church personnel outside of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Office of Child & Youth Protection’s Victim Assistance Program will serve as a liaison with the diocese in which the abuse occurred in an effort to bring about healing for you and your family.