Who Should Call?

  • If you are calling because you are in danger or you feel you are a danger to others, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
  •  If you are calling to report a suspicion of sexual abuse towards a minor, call Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at 1-800-252-2873 and report your concern and see the link in the menu bar on how to report child sexual abuse.
  • If you are an adult who experienced childhood sexual abuse by clergy or church personnel, we may be able to help you.

When to Call?

  • The Office of Assistance Ministry is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45pm, and staff can be reached at 312-534-8267 or at 312-534-8256.
  • The Office of Assistance Ministry can also be reached by email at ttharayil@archchicago.org.  or at rurobinson@archchicago.org.

During the Call:

  • The Office of Assistance Ministry staff will take the time to listen to you. We will explore with you the variety of services we offer victims-survivors and their families to help them to achieve psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing.

After the Call:

  • After our professional staff has had a chance to listen to you and discuss services, we will strive to use our resources to help you. This could include counseling, support groups, spiritual guidance and reflection, newsletters, and opportunities to gather with other survivors who are also seeking healing in their lives.

The Office of Assistance Ministry offers the following programs to honor its mission to victims-survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. We have coordinated with other professionals to provide psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing. Due to space limitations, first priority will be given to those who have not participated in past programs offered through Assistance Ministry in the past. For more detailed information, call (312) 534-8256.

Workshops

The Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry offers half-day workshop for family members of victims-survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For more information and to register, call (312) 534-8256.

Victims/Survivors Resources

PTSD
If you are an adult victim/survivor of childhood sexual abuse, it is possible that you may have experienced Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event; feeling numb and feeling keyed up. If you would like to learn more or take a PTSD screen, visit the National Center for PTSD.

Treatments
Counseling and medication are the two main types of treatment for PTSD. However not all counseling has been proven equally effective. According the National Center for PTSD, the evidence based research supports the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the most effective treatment. This typically involves meeting with your therapist once a week for 3-6 months.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a CBT in which you learn skills to better understand how a trauma changed your thoughts and feelings. It will help you identify trauma related thoughts and change them so they are less distressing. Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy is a CBT in which you talk about your trauma repeatedly until the memories are no longer upsetting. To learn more about PTSD, treatments, research and get the PTSD coach application, visit www.ptsd.va.gov .