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2017 Tamar Speaks Retreat

Tamar Speaks
A SafeChurch Retreat for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

2017 Tamar Speaks retreat flyer and registration form

Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Gretna Glen Retreat Center, 87 Old Mine Road, Lebanon, PA

We invite adult survivors to join with others from faith communities on April 22 for a day of reflecting on how our journeys of healing give voice to Tamar, a daughter of King David raped by her brother. Like many survivors today, Tamar silently carried the shame that rightfully belonged to her abuser.

Those who have previously attended these retreats are welcome to come back! We are including some new activities and fresh material, so please add your voice!

Led by Lisa Hanna Witmer, MSW, LSW, a trauma-trained therapist, and Linda Crockett, Director of Samaritan SafeChurch, participants will be invited to use movement, writing, reflection and discussion to create resources to share with faith communities to raise awareness about this issue and inspire others to use their power as adults to protect children from sexual harm.

Samaritan SafeChurch is a social movement building program working with congregations of varied denominations to equip all adults to protect children and teens from sexual abuse, not only in our churches, but also in the communities in which we live.  A core aspect of SafeChurch is lifting up and empowering adult survivors of sexual abuse in our faith communities.

Questions about whether this retreat is “right” for you? Call Deb Helt at Samaritan at 717-560-9969 ext 273, or email

SPACE IS LIMITED.  PLEASE REGISTER EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE.  *No cost for first 3 registrants from congregations enrolled in the current Samaritan facilitated SafeChurch Cluster or the Cluster that began in February 2016. All others: $35.00 (includes lunch).  Funding support available for those in need! Print and mail the registration form to:

Samaritan Counseling Center
Attn: Dianne Renfro
1803 Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA  17601

To pay by credit card call Dianne Renfro at 717-560-9989.

Registration deadline is April 18th but space may fill up earlier than the deadline.


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