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Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Sessions

Chicago, IL (March 6, 2009) - The Archdiocese of Chicago and the Office of Assistance Ministry will sponsor therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Licensed professionals, who have experience working with victims of sexual abuse, will conduct separate group sessions for women and men at no cost to the participants. Participation in the adult therapy groups is not limited to those who were sexually abused as minors by a priest or deacon. The abuse may have been perpetrated by a family member, friend, or stranger.

Therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse will meet for twelve consecutive weeks. The men’s sessions begin on Saturday, March 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., in the Lincoln Park area, and the women’s group begins on Thursday, March 19, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Evergreen Park.

Those interested in attending the sessions are asked to call or email Kathleen Leggdas at 312-534-5268, or Matt Hunnicutt at 312-534-8267,

The Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry’s mission is t o provide pastoral care, support, and resources to victims-survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. For information about the Office of Assistance Ministry, visit the Department’s page on the Archdiocesan web site at

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