I returned from a professional sabbatical at PSU in September 2013. I was inundated with information related to child-hood sexual abuse while at State College but remained steadfast to the denial of my past. My coping strategies, while socially acceptable (work, work, work), were increasingly unhealthy for me and any/all relationships in my life. After years of distance, dis-engagement, and challenges with intimacy, my wife left when we returned home to New England. After 42 years of secrecy and shame, I finally disclosed being abused by a member of the clergy to myself, my wife, and loved ones in November 2013. Since then, I have been on a committed healing journey for myself, my relationship with my wife (who has since filed for divorce), and with my family and faith. Matthew; I find your courage and work inspiring.
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