The Healing Voices


What We Found Helped Us 
Books, media, links, services, events, hotlines.
Our resource list shares what we have found most useful, and we welcome your suggestions for additions.


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Acts of Recovery

By Michael D. Hoffman  One of our founders, Mike offers here is remarkable story, told honestly and bravely, about his unique journey to heal after having been sexually abused as a child by a priest who was a trusted family friend. After memories were triggered in 2006 by a newspaper article with his abuser’s name and the name of other victims, Mike took what he calls his “twelve acts of recovery” which involved sharing his truth with family and Church, revisiting places to put memories to rest, and ultimately moving forward to the point where he has been able to co-founder The Healing Voices.

Veronica’s Veil: Spiritual Companionship for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – A Guide for Integrating Faith with Recovery

By Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS, and Teresa Pitt Green  A workbook, whose co-author is a founder of this newsletter, offers a language for healing dialogue between adults who wish to integrate their Catholic faith into the arduous psychological recovery from child abuse (and those who love them) with ministers, priests, nuns, deacons and others who seek to offer spiritual guidance. Based on successful workshops, presentations and retreats in the diocese of Arlington, Virginia (imprimatur, nihil obstat)

Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing  

By Norbert Krapf  Former Indiana Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize nominee, emeritus and professor of English at Long Island University, Norbert is the author of twenty-five critically acclaimed books. After struggling for 55 years after having been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, Norbert confronted his past with the power of his writing these 130 poems, offering fellow survivors comfort, healing, and a sense of freedom from the long-term effects of abuse. For more about Norbert’s writing workshops for survivors of abuse visit his website.

The Maria Goretti Network: Principles and Practices

Miguel Prats, co-founder of the Maria Goretti Network/MGN with Fr. Gavin Vaverek, JCL, have published The Maria Goretti Network/MGN: Principles and Practices as a FREE PDF.  In November 2016 Miguel described how MGN works in an article titled The Maria Goretti Network about a ministry to victims (of any kind of abuse or violence) offering a blend of 12 Step traditions and Catholic devotions and settings. Now, there’s this book for those who want to establish a chapter of MGN in their parish or diocese.

Shattered Soul? Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit after Abuse and Trauma

By Patrick Fleming, Sue Lauber-Fleming and Vicki S. Schmidt (2011)  Incorporated by our founder Sooz in a workshop she is developing for survivors of abuse, Shattered Soul offers five pathways of healing for adult survivors of abuse, guiding readers toward wholeness and renewed life and faith.

Organizations and Associations

The Voices and Faces Project

A national organization whose mission is to create a national network of survivors willing to stand up and speak out about sexual violence whose writing workshop has been attended by Sooz, a founder of the Healing Voices newsletter.

Prevent Child Abuse America

A national organization promoting healthy development of children and prevention of child abuse before it occurs; website has guidance and resources for anyone who suspects signs of child abuse.

Hope for Mental Health Ministry

A ministry, which has co-hosted a conference with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, founded by Kay and Rick Warren after their son committed suicide. It serves those with mental illness, those who love them, and those who support them as ministers, priests and friends.

One in Six

A resource for male survivors which includes a hot-line and info for men, family, friends and professionals.


Site with information, online help and more for both men and women.

National Center for PTSD

Videos, articles, crisis line and more for survivors of sexual abuse who experience PTSD.

PTSD Coach

A phone app with tools to help survivors manage trauma symptoms.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)

One source of many for support groups for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, with these groups being like other 12-Step groups self-moderated without professional supervision.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Victim Assistance and Survivor Ministry

Web resource on current policy with the Catholic Church, descriptions of review-board process and other aspects of child protection, free copies of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” and links to diocesan victim assistance coordinators.

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (USCCB) Free PDF

National and International Organizations in Child Abuse Prevention

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features extensive information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2016, including ideas for how to learn more, how to get involved and how to share information with others to promote child safety.

On a global scale, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes its work combating child maltreatment, while the United Nations has articulated standards for child welfare in the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child as implemented globally via the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

One look at UNICEF’s history since the 1940s reveals progress–and daunting challenges even now–across the globe.

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a very real need, so get involved! Know what child abuse is, what its signs are, and what to do if you suspect a child is being abused sexually or otherwise. For excellent guidelines, resources and guidance for signs of abuse and how to report suspected abuse, visit Prevent Child Abuse America.