The refuge, located at the Silva Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church in June Valley, will provide temporary accommodation for those impacted by family or sexual violence, as well as being a hub for awareness and education.
Eating disorders, sexual abuse and plans for revenge might not seem like the raw materials for an uplifting story for young adults. But Summer Fades—a new book from author Amanda Bews—is also a story of healing, hope and forgiveness.
More than 10 years of sexual abuse—at the hands of a "good Christian man", no less—is more than enough to distort one's picture of God. “I know God is good," says *Rachel. "I just haven't seen any of it."
“Abuse happens in the Adventist Church and amongst Adventist families. The fact that we exist is evidence of that and shows a commitment by the Church to tackle this reality,” says Safe Place Services director David Robertson.