In the spring of 2019, two women in the Jewish community met and discovered that they shared a mutual need. Despite their experiences of personal healing, and despite supportive connections with family and friends, they each lived with their individual secret. With nobody else to share and identify with, loneliness and isolation were a burden that did not get any lighter with the passage of time.
Thus, the realization dawned that perhaps at times even more meaningful than professional help, survivors and their families need community. And their efforts proved to be groundbreaking.
What began with just one small support group, and within a short amount of time, Ray of Hope developed into an organization entirely and exclusively devoted to the care of male and female survivors of sexual abuse and their families, with membership spanning across the US and abroad.
Their Bottom Line: Even one person or family struggling with the isolation and loneliness caused by sexual abuse is too many.
David Kohn, LCSW, CASAC is their Chief Clinical Officer and Dr. Shoshana Friedman, Psy.D. is a Group Facilitator.
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