Resources For Those Who Had Traumatic Experiences

The Village was a big place, and spanned some 15 years of time. It is easy to see why an estimated one thousand or more children would have dramatically different experiences. There are former residents who remember the Village as the best thing that could have been a part of their lives and support the good work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Unfortunately, there are some who recall their stay at the Village to be a traumatic time in their lives due incidents of physical and sexual abuse by some adults. This page is not intended to acuse any former staff of wrong doing, but to offer emotional support and closure to a segment of alumni who feel they need these resources for their personal growth.

This website does not directly or indirectly state that their was, nor does it deny there was child abuse at the St. Joseph's Village. It would be deemed libelous for this website to state or imply that there was abuse prior to any court conviction.
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A Few Resources to Help In Your Personal Journey

Resources and articles are listed below to provide emotional support and information to those who identify as victims of abuse. While many of these groups may advocate a pro-active response directed at the clergy and staff, it is not this website's intent to suggest or promote litigation, confrontation, or protest. Further actions are the choices of the individual reader.

Discussion Group

"Village Memories"
Join other former residents for an open and free discussion of memories and issues. Share information and gain support among others who share common experiences and seek closure. A full description appears on the opening page of the discussion group website.

Sexual Abuse Survivors' Support Groups and Advocates

SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
The nation's largest, oldest, and most active support group for women and men who claim they have been abused by religious authority figures. SNAP is an independent and confidential organization with no connections with any church or church officials. The site is loaded with information, testimonials, and other resources.

Male Survivor
The national organization against male sexual victimization, committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.

Advocate Web
Advocate Web is a nonprofit organization providing information and resources to promote awareness and understanding of the issues involved in the exploitation of persons by trusted helping professionals.

Psychological Resources

The Guide to PTSD Psst Traumatic Stress Disorder

National Center for PTSD
A program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this website is provided as an educational resource concerning post traumatic stress disorder and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress.

The Wounded Healer Journal
Support, network for victims and mental health professionals

Domestic Violence and Addictions

Although not directly related to issues of being an orphan, sexual abuse, or other issues related to a stay at the Village, these links may be of interest to some of our readers. By including these resources, we do not auusme that anyone is or were suffering any of these additions based on their connection with the Village. These resources were placed here by request of various third parties and as an additional service of this site.

Domestic Abuse and Addiction Guide
Domestic violence is the intentional use of emotional, psychological, sexual or physical force by one family member or intimate partner to control another. Victims of domestic violence who struggle with addiction face significant barriers to receiving treatment, but programs that effectively address addiction and abuse-related trauma are available. This guide is published by

Guide to Signs of Addiction
Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to rehab. For this reason, it is critical to have an understanding of the signs of addiction. There are behavioral, physical, and psychological signs of addiction. This guide is published by Advanced Recovery Systems

The Recovery Village (addictions)

24 hour advice helpline and website for substance abuse issues:

Primrose Lodge
Addiction reconery facility:

Drug Dangers
A website to educate the public about the dangers of perscription drug bause and defective drugs and devices: htttp://

Addiction Helper (UK)

Drug and Alcohol-Related Sleep Disorders

Monarch Shores - Christian Based Addiction Rehab is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery. We create and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources that have been featured and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.

How to Rebuild Your Finances After Rehab

Tuck is Promoting Sleep Health Awareness
How alcohol negatively impacts sleep
Sleep problems associated with addiction and recovery
Non-drug therapies for sleep disorders

Drug Rehab Connections
Information and support
The Drug Rehab Connections community is made up of those who want to help and give back. We are here to share our stories of recovery and hope as we begin the steps together towards rehab and recovery.

American Addiction Centers

Domestic Abuse and Women with Alcohol Abuse Issues

Project Know - Understanding Addiction
Addiction treatment centers in New Jersey

Informational Links

Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Cases - Wikipedia Article
This is an extensive encyclopedia article dealing with the subject of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
This website documents the abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church and contains the database of publically accused priests in the United States.


State, church officials probing abuse claims at now-defunct orphanage
A clipping from The Associated Press that provides an overview of what has been alledged and by whom. READ>>

Selling My Body
by Dennis Rhodes
In 1989, two years before receiving his HIV-positive diagnosis, poet and writer Dennis Rhodes wrote a series of candid letters to New York psychotherapist Daniel Bloom. This letter recounts an incident from Dennis's childhood in which he went on a begging mission. Clicking "read" will take you to the Body Positive" website.

Editor's Note: There were many responsible, caring, and loving nuns and lay staff at St. Joseph's Village and it should not be assumed that all were characterized by the accounts in these or any other story on this site. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect statements of fact, views, or opinions of this website, its owner, or other affiliated party. Please see our policy statement regarding alledged abuses.


A few quotes shed light on some historical perspectives regarding corpral punishment in religious environments.

"The old days, in the '50s, you would hear about kids receiving corporal punishment -- the Christian Brothers were famous for rapping kids on their knuckles. But it crosses the line when you start having to disrobe, and it becomes, by definition, sexualized in some way."
-Dr. Mary Gail Frawley O'Dea

"And the fact it's not in public is a problem. Corporal punishment was administered in public and was open in the classroom for everyone to witness. It wasn't done secretly." Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, noted psychologist and sexual abuse expert who was chosen by American bishops to speak at their conference in Dallas in June of 2002.
-Dr. Mary Gail Frawley O'Dea

These are quotes taken from the former website published by Katherine.

IMPORTANT NOTE : The original website at, maintained by Katherin and which has been a source of refuge for those who identify as victims of abuse has been deactivated. This URL has been acquired by Jim Brown / Optisonics Productions and now links directly to this website. We sincerely thank Katherine for having forstered this renewed interest in St. Jposeph's Village and look forward to her continued involvement in this alumni community. We also note that Dominic Scalzone who first began a renewed interest in the Village with his former nostalgic website.

Addressing an important concern about others
knowing you were at the Village

Can I safely reveal that I was at St. Joseph's Village where there were allegations of child abuse without it being assumed that I was a victim or that I became a predators because of my possible exposure to abuse?
It is understandable that some would have this concern and that concern is respected.
It is alleged that these abuses happened to a select group of children and not all children were involved, and therefore, those participating in our discussion group on Yahoo or submitting materials to this website are not to be assumed to have been involved in these incidents nor should it be assumed that they became abusers due to their exposure to abuse. It is not to be a taken as a shameful thing to participate in any alumni activity. Likewise it should not be assumed that any past or present members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were involved in such alledged actions unless proven in a court of law.