Michael D. Hoffman, Founder For me, healing from childhood sexual abuse began at my home, with my wife and our children. At first, I was anxious about telling my wife my story of childhood sexual abuse because I thought she would think less of me as her husband, and father to our two beautiful children.… Read More MAKING IT RIGHT AT HOME
Michael D. Hoffman, Founder I didn’t want to tell them. Even as an adult, I didn’t want to tell them. It took me years of counseling, and a lot of hard work, but I finally told them their little boy was sexually abused by their priest friend at the time. My parents live in the… Read More A Model of Reconciliation: My Parents
Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured it all for us. I imagine… Read More Easter Reflections
Deborah Kloos Forgiveness has been a cornerstone in my healing, and my healing from abuse has freed me to do things I never thought I would do. I never thought I would be speaking at my father’s funeral, whom I was estranged from for 30 years. I was afraid of my father as a child.… Read More Requiescat in Pace
By Sooz Jeson When I look back experiences I have had with Victim Assistance Coordinators and those others have had, what takes precedence over all the other assets of a “ideal” VAC are two things: (1) listen with an open ear, and (2) do not assume or be concerned about money, because money is not… Read More Observations, Reflections, Gratitude for Victim Assistance Coordinators
By Kathy, Founder As a child, I can recall many different emotions as the holidays came around. Before the age of seven, when abuse began for me, I recall the excitement, the joy, the magic of Christmas. Wondering each year what Santa was going to bring to me, in hopes always of a new baby doll.… Read More Magic of the Holidays
THANK YOU! For Your Compliments and Encouragement Here are some notes you kindly wrote to us after our first issue: “Some come through a tragedy, such as shared by the writers of Healing Voices, stronger, maybe more tentative, less trusting, scared but survivors and, maybe, warriors who clear the pathways for those without the strength… Read More Kudos to Us!