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Accompanying Survivors of Sexual Trauma

One out of four women and one out of seven men will experience some form of sexual trauma in their lives. With the rise of the #MeToo movement and sexual abuse reports in the media, more survivors are stepping out and sharing their story. Whether your role is a priest, pastor, ministry leader, spiritual director, mentor, friend or family member, you may be the one they want to talk about it with.

Joe and Anne will share their personal story of childhood molestation and healing. In this workshop, you will learn insights on how to accompany a survivor of sexual trauma. Specific topics will include: common manifestations, what to say and what not to say, compassionate listening, open-ended questions, and some spiritual practices that heal. You will be able to participate in a healing ritual and de-brief your experience in a small group.

Many survivors comment on the hurtful things people say to them, especially within the church. Although not intentional, we believe most people do not know what to say or do.

This workshop will help you learn how to encourage one to move from a place of hurt to a place of healing.

Presenters:  Anne Richardson and Joe Lonergan.

Anne is the author of Not Alone: A Christ-centered recovery process for women who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual trauma. She is a spiritual director, and leader of trauma groups for women.

Joe is currently is a student at the Art of Spiritual Direction program with LMU and a graduate student at Franciscan School of Theology. He has been active in men’s ministry and work for twenty-six years. 

Location:      St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

                      16275 Pomerado Rd.

                      Poway, CA 92064

Date and Time:  Saturday September 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00pm.

Coffee, tea, water, lite snacks provided.

Fee:  Members of SDSD $15.00.  Non-members $20.00.

To register, please contact Anne at

For more information, contact Anne or Joe at

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