Support for Survivors of Abuse by Clergy

We hope that the information available at is helpful in your journey, but we know that survivors of sexual abuse by clergy need a range of support services that we as archivists cannot provide. We also know that different survivors need different kinds of support:

•  Some support organizations focus on Catholic clergy abuse, and some are broader;

•  Some provide support for survivors who have remained Catholic, while some support survivors who are not able to remain Catholic;

•  Some organizations support survivors looking for help with particular symptoms, or survivors in a particular location; and

•  Some organizations offer peer-to-peer support groups, whereas others connect survivors to licensed professionals.

In the list below, we provide URLs for some survivor support organizations. This is not a complete list, and we are not recommending or endorsing these organizations. We encourage you to explore their websites and exercise due diligence in selecting an organization that’s right for you. If you know of other organizations that should be included on this list, please email us at

•  Child USA

•  Child Help

•  Darkness to Light

•  Faith Trust Institute

•  Grief to Grace

•  Healing Voices

•  Male Survivor

•  National Center for PTSD

•  Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

•  Road to Recovery

•  Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

•  12-Step Organizations: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous


•  Adultxs por los derechos de la infancia (Argentina)

•  Fundación Para la Confianza (Chile)

•  Iglesia Sin Abusos (ISA) (Argentina)

•  National Association of People Abused in Childhood (England)

•  One in Four (Ireland)

•  Towards Healing (Ireland) (see information on governance and church funding)

Last updated April 28, 2020



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