This past spring I did a couple of posts about Kim Michele Richardson, author of “The Unbreakable Child.” Kim’s story of surviving abuse at the hands of clergy in a Catholic orphanage in Kentucky is powerful. But she didn’t stop with the memoir.
Kim continues to be an advocate for victims of abuse. Her letter to the Vatican hit the Huffington Post top page religion section this morning and is going global. Read it here:
“An Abuse Survivor's Message for the Vatican”
Kim’s book is also about forgiveness. But forgiveness doesn’t mean not working for justice. Kim spends most of her time these days helping others. She’s an amazing woman. Want to know more? Read her book. It’s coming out in paperback on October 1. Kim also has a blog where you can keep up with her crusade. And here are a few resources if you want to learn more. (They are all organizations Kim supports.)
Companions In Hope
Cultivating Healing, Protection, and Understanding
Family & Children's Place
Dedicated to helping families find solutions through counseling.
Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests
A national self-help organization of victims of abuse by clergy.
Provides treatment programs for severely traumatized children who may be victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse in Kentucky.
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network
William F. McMurry
For more information regarding Mr. McMurry, including updates on the KY Vatican case.