"YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT ALONE"
Shelter from the Storm© are Christ centered support/recovery groups (not therapy groups) designed to heal the emotional wound related to sexual abuse. Groups are held semi-annually in the Spring and Fall semesters. The twelve week curriculum written by Cynthia Kubetin-Littlefield, James Mallory, M.D. and Jacqualine C. Truitt is a clear step by step process for victims of sexual abuse to overcome the pervasive destruction that has happened to them. Per the curriculum, participants are required to repeat the curriculum for three semesters (a year and a half) to address the layers of effects from sexual trauma.
Many individuals have survived the trauma of sexual abuse. Most often the abuse occurred at the hands of someone in a trusted position. Sadly, the devastating effects will continue throughout every stage of the survivor’s life until it is appropriately addressed and dealt with.
From a spiritual perspective, sexual abuse is not the plan or will of God, nor does He condone it in any form. It is betrayal by people. God is the Creator of sex, the human anatomy and the sex drive. His plan is for sexual intimacy to be expressed in marriage between one man and one woman, whereby love, respect, and commitment defines the relationship.
Sexual abuse is a criminal, willful and selfish act committed against another person which brings destruction and devastation in the victims life. The victims perception of themselves, others, God and life in general is severely distorted. However, God desires to heal the emotional wounds related to the abuse so you may experience life with meaning and purpose as He intended. Healing, freedom and truth is available through His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Help and resources are available.
Shelter from the Storm© support groups are designed for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who desire is to experience deliverance and wholeness (spirit, soul & body). It will empower participant's to realize that they are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ rather than victims of their past.
Survivors of sexual abuse will come to realize there is hope and healing from the past as they examine the:
false beliefs about the abuse
overwhelming effects of abuse on their life
process of grieving the pain of sexual abuse and of learning to let go of the past
process of reclaiming trust, control, and intimacy
road to recovery through the Word of God
healing path with God's help, from victim to survivor to an overcomer through Jesus Christ