“Fialleril” is blogging about the year she is spending with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Chicago. She recently worked on an Ignatian retreat with thirteen homeless women, “every single one of whom had been sexually abused as a child by a male relative, babysitter, teacher, or some other man she felt should have been in the position of a protector. Every. Single. One.”
Ultimately, I know that the retreat was a deeply cathartic experience for the ladies who came. Many of them had never before talked about their experiences as children, or the fact that they know, in some cases, that their daughters have had the same experiences. Several of them named as the grace of the retreat the fact that they had found a language with which to speak about their experiences, and that meant they could heal.