The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission begins and ends with people and our community.

Broken Boundaries: Congregations Healing in the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse or Other Trauma

After experiencing or being exposed to trauma, individuals often require supportive interventions in order to avoid developing chronic trauma-related psychiatric conditions. If the violence is committed by someone we know and trust, or in a place where we expect to be safe, our feelings of betrayal are enormous and our sense of secure boundaries is shaken. If the offender is a pastor or religious leader, our faith itself may be challenged.

Congregations, like individuals, require supportive intervention after trauma. Examples of trauma that can impact congregations include – pastoral sexual abuse of an adult member or of a child; the murder or rape of a congregant; commission of a violent crime by a member; or a violent incident in the community resulting in multiple casualties. Education about the psychological, physical and social impact of trauma, a safe place to talk with others about what happened, and reassurance that trauma-related symptoms are normal in the aftermath of exposure can greatly aid healing. Call us. We can help.

For more information, contact Linda Crockett, Director of Clergy & Congregation Care, at 717.560.9991 or email Linda

SafeChurch Focus

Building. . .

a faith-based movement to end Child Sexual Abuse

Moving. . .

beyond first generation “safe church policies and training” to shifting culture to inspire and equip adults to protect children from sexual harm in church and community

Connecting. . .

with others sharing a vision where people of faith take leadership to end the conditions that allow one in four girls and one in six boys to be sexually abused

Engaging. . .

survivors as sources of wisdom and leaders

Partnering. . .

with the Just Beginnings Collaborative to End Child Sexual Abuse