A Survivor’s Prayer

Written by
Stephen T. Fader and Judy Lynn

Lord, help me acknowledge that I am a victim of abuse. Transform me from being a victim into becoming a survivor. Teach me to understand that the abuse was not my fault. Release me from the shame and guilt that I carry inside for it is not mine to carry. Embrace me with love during those times when I do not love myself. Empower me to break the silence, to tell my secret to those I love. Calm me when I feel anger and frustration building up inside of me. Comfort me when the pain fills me and the tears will not stop. Strengthen me when I feel alone or think that no one cares. Nurture me so that I grow and learn to trust and love others. Open me so I might feel the emotions that are locked inside. Purify me so that I am clean and innocent in your eyes. Heal me so that I can live my life as a whole person. Use me to help others who are victims to become survivors. AMEN

Child Sexual Abuse
Stop It Now!
Phone: 1-888-PREVENT

Crime Victims
National Center for Victims of Crime
Phone: 1-800-FYI-CALL
TTY: 1-800-211-7996

Dating Abuse
Love is Respect
Phone: 1-866-331-9474
TTY: 1-866-331-8453

Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE
TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Rape and Sexual Abuse
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE

Runaway and Homeless Youth
National Runaway Safeline
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY

Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY
(1-800-799 4889)

Missing and Abducted Children
Child Find of America, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-I-AM-LOST

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Phone: 1-800-THE-LOST
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Substance abuse national hotline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889
Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Substance Use Treatment Locator

Crisis Hotlines PDF

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MARIA GORETTI NETWORK The MGN was founded in 2004 by Catholic survivors of sexual abuse. We are a 501(c)(3) faith-based, non-profit, self-help support network for victims of all abuse of any faith. All victims of all abuse of any faith.
All victims of abuse need love and support. It doesn’t matter if the abuse was physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual, or mental. It does not matter who the abuser was, whether it was a relative, a friend, a spouse, a minister, a priest, a nun, a rabbi, a teacher, a coach, or a stranger, we welcome you.
We are survivors and friends of survivors who understand the need to experience the healing power of Jesus Christ.

We are not after money. Money is irrelevant when your soul has been destroyed. We are not out for revenge. We have found that the hate and anger towards those who harmed us prevents us from a full recovery. We leave vengeance to God. Our sole interest is in helping our brothers and sisters experience healing in God’s love.

To learn more about the Maria Goretti Network, or to find out how you can form a chapter at your parish or church please visit their official website at:


I am proud to be their spokesperson and have helped to form a Maria Goretti Network chapter at St. Martha’s Parish in Kingwood, Texas. If you would like to contact us about our meetings email: stmarthamgn@gmail.com