Recently I wrote The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team and asked for an updated list of team members. I appreciate the response. The alumni, who operate under the umbrella of PBI now have a communications policy in place.
There have been no changes to the members of the Healing Team.The Healing Team has made the following decisions moving forward:1. We will communicate only with known persons. While we respect your right to privacy, the Healing Team is about building personal relationships. Since you have chosen to remain anonymous, that becomes impossible for us.2. We will provide our own communication at our discretion rather than having others attempt to speak on our behalf. We are particularly concerned about the growing misrepresentation of facts generally, and specifically regarding our role in the lives of survivors.3. We believe that the public “battles” have become hindrances to survivors moving toward healthy places of healing. Therefore, we will largely ignore the ongoing debates as we choose to focus on the much bigger and exciting picture of what God is doing behind the scenes in people’s lives.Thanks.
This appears to be a team decision since it wasn’t signed by one of the five known members. This communications strategy is a wise decision. The teams online communication skills have not been productive for them, and I think it’s best they stay away from the open communication of the internet. Even their supporters haven’t been doing them any favours online.
Professional abuse therapists and concerned others have spoken to PBI admin about the wisdom of providing this ‘team’. Their concerns have fallen on deaf ears, and this alumni team model will remain in place until PBI says otherwise.
The team has chosen not to name the “Many other alumni have come forward to offer to be “listeners” as well” and remain unaccountable.
Putting a communication strategy in place at this late date ( alumni survivor involvement was announced by PBI admin in December) doesn’t change anything. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team is now fully in control for any survivor contacting them or by extension contacting PBI, survivors are not on equal footing with these paid friends and no not have adequate representation. I would encourage any PBI survivor to seek out other survivors, do homework and get caught up on the process PBI has put in place. It is your journey, while these well meaning alumni know the milieu your abuse took place in, they too are products of the same often toxic environment.
This FB administrator expresses valid and ethical concerns better than I can:
Unfortunately, under the present circumstances, the only way for victims of abuse to receive financial assistance with abuse recovery therapy would be to go through the Healing Team, or possibly the Center Street Church. What this means is that PBI is only willing to provide this level of assistance to individuals who go through one of their chosen, unofficial channels, in a manner that they deem acceptable and in-line with their model of how abuse should be dealt with in a Christian environment. Given that PBI is being investigated for failing to properly deal with abuse, it would be difficult to suggest that they can suddenly be fully trusted to know how to deal with it now. This asymmetrical approach is flawed in fairly obvious ways and will need to be addressed going forward – for the benefit of all parties. There are people continuously working behind the scenes to address these ongoing concerns.
I wish these alumni well, and offer my hope this team will be able to disband sooner than later.