Slovakia - Support for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Post date: Feb 2, 2014 10:02:04 PM

Greetings from Slovakia!

I would like to send you some news about the funds your Mission Office has so generously granted us. The project concerns women, who were in their childhood sexually abused.

Thanks to your gift we could organise as in the past five weekends for the group “CSA”. During the last weekend 15 participants came. (The attached letter of Sister Andrea tells you more about it).

I could also carry out a project dear to my heart: have the outstanding book “My Peace I give you. Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints” by Dawn Eden translated and published in Slovakia. By snail-mail I sent you a copy of it. (We paid just for the translation of the book).Thanks to your grant I was able to sponsor a trip of Dawn, who lives in Washington DC, to Slovakia: two weeks ago, when her book came out of the printing press, she gave talks about sexual abuse in Bratislava, at the Seminary in Banska Bystrica, in Prešov (Eastern Slovakia) and in Nitra. A short sequence about her visit to Slovakia was in a religious program of the state television. A one hour program was recorded at the studio of the Slovak Catholic TV Station “Lux” as well as an interview with the Catholic Radio “Lumen”. In our retreat center a weekend with Dawn took place, not for the public but only for the group of those women (girls) and the psychotherapist. A person received financial support to have ten more sessions with her therapist.On page two is a dedication written by Dawn Eden into the book (English edition) I sent you as well as a letter of thanks of Sister Andrea (herself a survivor of sexual abuse). I want simply thank you, Adrian and all of your staff and donors! God bless you!Fr Joe Hegglin MSC