Supporting survivors of clergy sex abuse.
TentMakers Of Louisiana
TentMakers of Louisiana (TentMakers) is an organization dedicated to fostering hope, healing, and justice for survivors of clergy sex abuse. Our primary objectives are to bring restoration, joy, and a renewed sense of life to those who have been affected. We provide a safe and supportive space where individuals can connect and openly share their fears, hurts, sorrows, and feelings of betrayal. Simultaneously, we actively work towards addressing the lack of clear accountability, transparency, and responsibility within the Catholic Church. Through our collective efforts, we strive to create a future where hope flourishes, healing prevails, and justice is upheld.
At TentMakers, our mission is centered on establishing a reliable and supportive network for individuals seeking solace and understanding. The Peyton family, recognizing the crucial need for a safe space to openly share fears, hurts, sorrows, and betrayals among trusted individuals embarked on a search for such an environment. While exploring various organizations, we realized that most focused on exposing overarching issues within the Church, which did not align with our specific circumstances. It became apparent that people hesitated to address these concerns, and victims were burdened with deep trauma, making open conversation incredibly challenging.
The consequences of the scandal and the lack of transparency had severely strained relationships within the Church and the wider community. Victims, deprived of trust, found it incredibly difficult to confide in friends and family. Witnessing the detrimental impact on our own son, five other children, the community, and our valued friendships, (the Peyton family) felt a profound sense of obligation to contribute to finding solutions. Understanding that our Diocese stood at the epicenter of these challenges in the United States during the 1980s, it became clear that our efforts begin here, supporting victims, their families, and their communities on their journey towards healing and seeking justice.
Victims of clergy sexual abuse lack a comprehensive guide outlining the steps and timelines to navigate the various organizations involved in seeking healing and justice. As a result, their pursuit of justice becomes an ongoing battle, demanding unwavering determination to hold their priest accountable and ensure his incarceration. They face the daunting challenge of acquainting themselves with the diverse range of available counseling options and the specialized support explicitly required for clergy sexual abuse. The situation’s complexity is further intensified by the fact that this abuse took place within the Church, which had previously been a sanctuary of solace and healing but had now become a source of betrayal and anguish.
At TentMakers, our unwavering commitment is to rebuild shattered trust, provide guidance, and foster a profound sense of justice within our communities. Through our collective endeavors, we aim to create an environment where victims can find solace, families can discover the support they need, and communities can come together to heal and seek resolution.
THE NAME TENTMAKERS
Letitia and Scott Peyton, deeply affected by the harrowing experience of clergy sexual abuse within their own family, were determined to make a difference and provide support for other victims. Drawing inspiration from the biblical couple Priscilla and Aquila, known for their hospitality and support of the early Christian church, the Peytons embarked on a mission to establish a nonprofit organization called TentMakers Of Louisiana.
TentMakers Of Louisiana was founded with the purpose of assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse in navigating the complex legal and hierarchical structures of the Church. Understanding the challenges faced by victims in seeking justice and healing, the Peytons aimed to provide a comprehensive guide and support network for those affected by such abuse.
Drawing from Scott Peyton’s professional background in criminal justice and Letitia Peyton’s experience from past employment and nurturing their children, the couple combined their skills and knowledge to create an organization that would address the unique needs of victims of clergy sexual abuse.
The journey to establish TentMakers Of Louisiana was not an easy one. The Peytons faced significant obstacles as they confronted the trauma inflicted upon their family, all while navigating the legal system and the Catholic Church hierarchy. They recognized the immense challenges victims face in seeking justice and healing, particularly in a situation where the abuser is a trusted figure within the Church community.
Driven by their firsthand knowledge of law enforcement and the church, the Peytons understood the importance of providing victims with a comprehensive guide outlining the necessary steps and timelines to navigate the legal and ecclesiastical processes. They wanted to empower victims with the knowledge and resources they needed to hold their abusers accountable and seek justice.
TentMakers Of Louisiana became a beacon of hope for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The organization offered information to help victims find help and specialized support tailored to the unique needs of those affected by clergy sexual abuse. They collaborated with legal experts, therapists, and other professionals to create a network of support that victims could rely on during their journey toward healing and justice.
Additionally, TentMakers Of Louisiana aimed to raise awareness about clergy sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and the wider community. Through public education campaigns, advocacy efforts, and speaking engagements, the organization sought to break the silence surrounding this issue and encourage dialogue, understanding, and prevention.
Letitia and Scott Peyton became modern-day Priscilla and Aquila, using their personal experience and expertise to provide support and guidance to victims of clergy sexual abuse. Through TentMakers Of Louisiana, they created a safe space for healing, empowered victims with knowledge, and tirelessly worked toward ensuring that no one had to face the journey alone. Their organization became a testament to their resilience and determination to bring about change in the face of betrayal and anguish.