Michael D. Hoffman is a practicing Catholic and a devoted husband and father to two teenaged children. As a little boy for a period of four years, Michael endured sexual abuse by a priest, who was a dear family friend. As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Michael seeks to reconcile himself to the truth of the abuse and how it has affected him and his family.
Mike volunteers his time at his local parish, St. Mary of the Woods. He serves on the Liturgy Committee and as a lector. He is the past President of the school Athletic Board. Additionally, Michael serves as a Board Member of Prevent Child Abuse – Illinois. He is the author of a book entitled: Acts of Recovery – The Story of One Man’s On-Going Healing from Sexual Abuse by a Priest. He also serves on the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago – a group of clergy abuse survivors, priests and staff from the Archdiocese who reach out to victims/survivors and their family members as an aid to healing from the pain.
Mike is the owner of a small orthopedic product distribution company. He writes for this newsletter as one part of his therapeutic process, but also to help others find their voice. Together, if we can find our voices and express ourselves, Michael feels we all may be able to reclaim what was lost to the truth of the abuse.
By Michael D. Hoffman
From revealing his “secret” to family, through reporting to a Review Board and taking unique steps to lay the past to rest, Mike recounts the actions he took to find his own separate peace.
Read Mike’s April 4, 2016 Blog Post for Child Abuse Prevention Month