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NEW START DATE FOR THERAPY GROUPS FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF
CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND FAMILY MEMBERS

Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry to Sponsor Sessions

Chicago, IL (February 4, 2010) – Therapy group sessions for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are scheduled to meet for twelve consecutive weeks beginning in mid-March.  A group for spouses, parents or adult children of those sexually abused is also being offered on four Saturdays in March and April to educate family members in ways of managing their own feelings and supporting their loved one. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago, through the Office of Assistance Ministry, sponsors these sessions.  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.  Support groups for survivors of sexual abuse have been an ongoing service from the Office of Assistance Ministry since its inception in 1992.

Therapy group sessions for male adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse begin Tuesday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in a downtown Chicago location.  Sessions for women survivors begin Thursday, March 18 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. in Evergreen Park.  The family group will meet in a downtown Chicago location from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning on Saturday, March 13.

Those interested in attending the sessions are asked to call or email Kathleen Leggdas at 312-534-5268, kleggdas@archchicago.org or Matt Hunnicutt at 312-534-8267, mhunnicutt@archchicago.org.

The Archdiocesan Office of Assistance Ministry’s mission is to 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 office’s page on the Archdiocesan web site at www.archchicago.org.

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